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Definition of fruitless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fruitless

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfruːtləs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfruːtləs//
 
 
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producing no useful results synonym unproductive a fruitless attempt/search Our efforts to persuade her proved fruitless. opposite fruitfulExtra examples All the signs were that this was going to be a fruitless exercise. He abandoned his fruitless attempts to get his poems published. He returned home after weeks of fruitless negotiations. The search proved fruitless. They were three weeks into an apparently fruitless investigation.
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