Definition of unfruitful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfro͞otfəl/


1Not producing good or helpful results; unproductive: the meeting was unfruitful
More example sentences
  • It's been about cutting away unfruitful frustration and anger.
  • This has led to some unfruitful lines of inquiry, but as the investigation is ongoing it is not possible to comment further on specific cases.
  • This is all supposition, as no one knows what Novak told the investigators, but it is supposition that manages to tie together the mysteries of Fitzgerald's long and seemingly unfruitful investigation.
2Not producing fruit or crops; unfertile.
Example sentences
  • It was an ugly, unfruitful thing, in comparison to the delicate, well-kept gardens of other Mayfair houses.



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfro͞otfəlē/
Example sentences
  • In the long run, folding your hand early rather than spending time unfruitfully is good advice.
  • Gloomy years of working in offices followed; all the time he was struggling, unfruitfully, to write.
  • Several attempts were unfruitfully made between the two World Wars to restore it.


Pronunciation: /ˌənˈfro͞otfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, improvement of the crop is hindered by a characteristic type of unfruitfulness among certain trees.
  • For if ever any people in the world were guilty of barrenness and unfruitfulness under the means of grace, we of this nation are.
  • How can any sense of unfruitfulness be used to reorient the dialogue?

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Syllabification: un·fruit·ful

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