Fruitless Fruit"less, a. 1. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy. [1913 Webster]

They in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours. --Milton.

Syn: Useless; barren; unprofitable; abortive; ineffectual; vain; idle; profitless. See {Useless}. -- {Fruit"less*ly}, adv. -- {Fruit"lness*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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