1. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage.

2. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy. "They in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours." (Milton)

Synonyms: Useless, barren, unprofitable, abortive, ineffectual, vain, idle, profitless. See Useless.

Fruit"lessly, Fruit"lnessness.

(01 Mar 1998)

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