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fruit·less

 (fro͞ot′lĭs)
adj.
1. Producing no fruit: a withered, fruitless lemon tree.
2. Not leading to success; unproductive: a fruitless search. See Synonyms at futile.

fruit′less·ly adv.
fruit′less·ness n.

fruitless

(ˈfruːtlɪs)
adj
1. yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual
2. without fruit
ˈfruitlessly adv
ˈfruitlessness n

fruit•less

(ˈfrut lɪs)

adj.
1. useless; unproductive; without results or success: a fruitless search.
2. bearing no fruit; barren.
[1300–50]
fruit′less•ly, adv.
fruit′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fruitless - unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

fruitless

fruitless

adjective
Translations
غَيْر مُثْمِر، عَقيم، غَيْر مُجْدٍ
marný
frugtløs
árangurslaus

fruitless

[ˈfruːtlɪs] ADJ (fig) → infructuoso, inútil

fruitless

[ˈfruːtləs] adj [attempt, search] → vain(e), infructueux/eusefruit machine n (British)machine f à sousfruit salad nsalade f de fruitsfruit shop nmagasin m de fruitsfruit stall nétalage m de fruitsfruit tree narbre m fruitier

fruitless

adj
(= vain) search, talks, effort, morning, hourfruchtlos, erfolglos; attemptvergeblich; to spend long and fruitless hours searchingstundenlang vergeblich suchen; it’s a fruitless exercisees ist verlorene Mühe; it is fruitless to tryes ist zwecklos or sinnlos, es zu versuchen; to prove fruitlesssich als erfolglos or vergeblich erweisen
(Bot, = infertile) → unfruchtbar

fruitless

[ˈfruːtlɪs] adj (fig) → vano/a, inutile

fruit

(fruːt) noun
1. the part of a plant that produces the seed, especially when eaten as food. The fruit of the vine is the grape.
2. a result; something gained as a result of hard work etc. the fruit of his hard work.
verb
to produce fruit. This tree fruits early.
ˈfruitful adjective
producing (good) results. a fruitful meeting.
fruition (fruˈiʃən) noun
an actual result; the happening of something that was thought of, hoped for etc. Her dreams came to fruition.
ˈfruitless adjective
useless; with no results. a fruitless attempt.
ˈfruitlessly adverb
ˈfruity adjective
of or like fruit. a fruity taste; a fruity drink.

fruit is a collective noun taking a singular verb: Fruit is good for you ; The tree bears fruit (not fruits ).
The plural fruits is used in talking about different types of fruit: oranges, mangoes and other fruits .
References in classic literature ?
After a long and fruitless search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the thief who had stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest.
After a good deal of fruitless argument the question was referred for decision to a passing Coyote, who was a bit of a demagogue and desirous to stand well with both.
1-16) I will tell of Dionysus, the son of glorious Semele, how he appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood: his rich, dark hair was waving about him, and on his strong shoulders he wore a purple robe.
But never did vague conjecture or fruitless fears for the future lie with sufficient weight upon my mind to keep me from my rest, and so tonight I threw myself upon my sleeping silks and furs and passed at once into dreamless slumber.
It had been a fruitless day, so far as she was concerned; and yet not entirely fruitless, for he had enjoyed the open air and the horse under him to such purpose that, on Monday, his instructions were out to the dealers to look for the best chestnut sorrel that money could buy.
Once we met four young elephants, and an old one that played with them, lifting them up with her trunk; they grew enraged on a sudden, and ran upon us: we had no way of securing ourselves but by flight, which, however, would have been fruitless, had not our pursuers been stopped by a deep ditch.
Hence, after fruitless attempts to suppress such investigations indirectly by making them liable to a heavy tax, the Legislature, in comparatively recent times, absolutely prohibited them.
Many long talks had been fruitless in external action, though fruitful for the understanding of the pair; but at last, one showery Tuesday, the Squire might have been observed upon his way to the cottage in the lane.
The scheme came to nothing finally, but in the mean time we escaped from the little city and its sorrowful associations of fruitless labor, and had a year in the country, which was blest, at least to us children, by sojourn in a log-cabin, while a house was building for us.
A hasty pursuit and brief search of the grounds in the belief that the trespasser was some one secretly visiting a servant proving fruitless, he entered at the unlocked door and mounted the stairs to my mother's chamber.
During the whole of the performance Levin felt like a deaf man watching people dancing, and was in a state of complete bewilderment when the fantasia was over, and felt a great weariness from the fruitless strain on his attention.
Because the prospect of present loss or advantage may often tempt the governing party in one or two States to swerve from good faith and justice; but those temptations, not reaching the other States, and consequently having little or no influence on the national government, the temptation will be fruitless, and good faith and justice be preserved.