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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fruitlessness - a lack of creative imagination
uncreativeness - a lack of creativity
2.fruitlessness - the quality of yielding nothing of valuefruitlessness - the quality of yielding nothing of value
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
poorness - less than adequate; "the relative poorness of New England farmland"
unproductiveness - the quality of lacking the power to produce
fruitfulness, fecundity - the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth


The condition or quality of being useless or ineffective:
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On the following morning they rose early, made another hearty meal, then loading themselves with buffalo meat, set out on their return to the camp, to report the fruitlessness of their mission.
He had found himself so strictly guarded that he soon perceived the fruitlessness of any attempt at escape.
Stressing that Iran will never hold talks on its missile power, he said, "The government is not after such an issue at all and they (the westerners) will soon become aware of the fruitlessness of their attempts.
Contract notice: Timber framing, roofing, tiles - restarting continued fruitlessness.
It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind.
Whereas the Eastern Marches Society (the German nationalist society dedicated to combatting the Polish minority in Prussia) had long sought to alert an indifferent German public to what they saw as the dangers of Polish nationalism, the collapse of Beseler's administration in Poland demonstrated to the public the fruitlessness of accommodating Polish nationalism.
Socrates discloses the fruitlessness of an inchoate awareness of ignorance of what one desires that does not issue in a search for what one might genuinely desire.
He said, "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action proved again the fruitlessness of negotiations with the Americans.
Hirsch, for example, beats his breast over what he now sees as a subtle tactical failure in his controversial argument: "If only I had given greater emphasis in Cultural Literacy to that scientific point about the fruitlessness of extensive skill drills, the practical impact of the book might have been greater" (9).
There seems a fruitlessness to the act now," he said.
The brief biographies traced above demonstrate the fruitlessness of limiting one's attention to one specific Cao Dai denomination while investigating the relationship between war and religion in Vietnam and of delimiting Caodaism, along with its devotees and religious activities, with a category defined by the canon of such a denomination.
Similarly, the bare willows seem to signal the fruitlessness of her unrequited love.