fruitful

[froot-fuhl]
adjective
1.
producing good results; beneficial; profitable: fruitful investigations.
2.
abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly.
3.
producing an abundant growth, as of fruit: fruitful soil; fruitful rain.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see fruit, -ful

fruitfully, adverb
fruitfulness, noun
overfruitful, adjective
overfruitfully, adverb
overfruitfulness, noun


1, 3. See productive.


1. barren.
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fruitful (ˈfruːtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  bearing fruit in abundance
2.  productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring
3.  causing or assisting prolific growth
4.  producing results or profits: a fruitful discussion
 
'fruitfully
 
adv
 
'fruitfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

fruitful
c.1300, of trees, from fruit + -ful. Related: Fruitfully; fruitfulness. Of animals or persons from early 16c.; of immaterial things from 1530s.
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Example sentences
As a scientific historian and physicist, he understands how important and
  fruitful it is to work in a trans-disciplinary manner.
Last summer, bosses spent many fruitful hours with their lawyers discussing how
  to limit their risks.
It's much more fruitful to spend time on one or two locations than to race
  around.
He probably should have foreseen that the psychic path was not particularly
  fruitful.
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