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unfruitful

[uhn-froot-fuh l] /ʌnˈfrut fəl/
adjective
1.
not providing satisfaction; unprofitable:
unfruitful efforts.
2.
not producing offspring; sterile:
an unfruitful marriage.
3.
not yielding good crops; infertile:
unfruitful acres.
4.
not bearing fruit; fruitless; barren:
an unfruitful tree.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, fruitful
Related forms
unfruitfully, adverb
unfruitfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. fruitless, unproductive, vain, unrewarding.
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British Dictionary definitions for un fruitful

unfruitful

/ʌnˈfruːtfʊl/
adjective
1.
barren, unproductive, or unprofitable
2.
failing to produce or develop into fruit
Derived Forms
unfruitfully, adverb
unfruitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un fruitful

unfruitful

adj.

late 14c., "barren," from un- (1) "not" + fruitful. Originally literal; figurative sense is attested from c.1400. Related: Unfruitfully; unfruitfulness.

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