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[froot-fuh l] /ˈfrut fəl/
producing good results; beneficial; profitable:
fruitful investigations.
abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly.
producing an abundant growth, as of fruit:
fruitful soil; fruitful rain.
Origin of fruitful
1250-1300; Middle English; see fruit, -ful
Related forms
fruitfully, adverb
fruitfulness, noun
overfruitful, adjective
overfruitfully, adverb
overfruitfulness, noun
1, 3. See productive.
1. barren. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fruitful
  • 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.
  • They believe the culture thrived for hundreds of years, breaking up into settlements and living off the fruitful land.
  • With some ingenuity and imagination, there could be fruitful future applications, but not for furniture.
  • AN arid, desert patch cannot be transformed into a fertile, fruitful garden by a spasmodic spraying of its surface.
  • It was your standard fare about the number and quality of applicants, followed by well wishes for a fruitful career.
  • It oversaw a fruitful truce between business and labour that produced a golden period for capitalism with benefits all round.
  • Comparing gene expression in two populations of foxes raised in identical conditions is potentially much more fruitful.
British Dictionary definitions for fruitful


bearing fruit in abundance
productive or prolific, esp in bearing offspring
causing or assisting prolific growth
producing results or profits: a fruitful discussion
Derived Forms
fruitfully, adverb
fruitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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