fruitless

[froot-lis]
adjective
1.
useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search for the missing treasure.
2.
bearing no fruit; barren.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see fruit, -less

fruitlessly, adverb
fruitlessness, noun


1. futile, unavailing, vain. 2. sterile.


1. useful, profitable. 2. fertile.
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fruitless (ˈfruːtlɪs)
 
adj
1.  yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
2.  without fruit
 
'fruitlessly
 
adv
 
'fruitlessness
 
n

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fruitless
mid-14c., from fruit + -less. Related: Fruitlessly.
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Example sentences
Protests that the evidence against him was flawed proved fruitless.
Often those lines of reasoning that seem promising to one expert look obviously
  fruitless to another.
But his career fizzled with a succession of fruitless auditions, dwindling
  freelance gigs and mounting debt.
One cannot help but wonder why he wastes his time on such a meaningless and
  fruitless endeavor.
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