unfruitful

  • 1 Unfruitful — Un*fruit ful, a. Not producing fruit or offspring; unproductive; infertile; barren; sterile; as, an unfruitful tree or animal; unfruitful soil; an unfruitful life or effort. {Un*fruit ful*ly}, adv. {Un*fruit ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 unfruitful — index barren, disadvantageous, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, nugatory, otiose, unproductive Burto …

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  • 3 unfruitful — (adj.) late 14c., barren, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + FRUITFUL (Cf. fruitful). Originally literal; figurative sense is attested from c.1400. Related: Unfruitfully; unfruitfulness …

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  • 4 unfruitful — barren, *sterile, infertile, impotent Antonyms: fruitful, prolific Contrasted words: *fertile, fecund …

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  • 5 unfruitful — [unfro͞ot′fəl] adj. 1. not reproducing; barren; unproductive 2. yielding no worthwhile result; fruitless; unprofitable SYN. STERILE unfruitfully adv …

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  • 6 unfruitful — unfruitfully, adv. unfruitfulness, n. /un frooht feuhl/, adj. 1. not providing satisfaction; unprofitable: unfruitful efforts. 2. not producing offspring; sterile: an unfruitful marriage. 3. not yielding good crops; infertile: unfruitful acres. 4 …

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  • 7 unfruitful — un•fruit•ful [[t]ʌnˈfrut fəl[/t]] adj. 1) not providing satisfaction; unprofitable; unrewarding: an unfruitful search for gold[/ex] 2) not producing offspring; sterile 3) not bearing fruit or harvest; barren: an unfruitful tree[/ex] • Etymology:… …

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  • 8 unfruitful — adjective Date: 14th century not fruitful: as a. not producing offspring ; barren b. yielding no valuable result ; unprofitable < an unfruitful conference > • unfruitfully adverb • unfruitfulness noun …

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  • 9 unfruitful — adjective Of or pertaining to not bearing fruit (usually figuratively). Despite spending two hours looking, her search was unfruitful. Ant: fruitful …

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  • 10 unfruitful — Synonyms and related words: acarpous, arid, barren, celibate, childless, desert, desolate, drained, dried up, dry, effete, exhausted, fallow, fruitless, gaunt, gelded, impotent, ineffectual, infecund, infertile, issueless, jejune, leached,… …

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  • 11 unfruitful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. barren, unproductive, infertile, sterile; fruitless. See uselessness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. barren, fruitless, sterile, arid, blasted, infertile, desert, unprofitable. See Synonym Study at… …

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  • 12 unfruitful — adj. fruitless, barren, sterile, unproductive, unrewarding …

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  • 13 unfruitful — adjective 1》 not productive. 2》 not producing fruit or crops. Derivatives unfruitfully adverb unfruitfulness noun …

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  • 14 unfruitful — a. 1. Barren, fruitless, acarpous, sterile. 2. Barren, unprolific, sterile, infecund. 3. Fruitless, unprofitable, unproductive, barren. 4. Unproductive, barren, unprolific, sterile, unfertile, fruitless …

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  • 15 unfruitful — adj unprofitable, unremunerative, ungainful, unrewarding; unyielding, unproductive, unfructuous, fruitless, infertile, infecund, barren, sterile; exhausted, depleted, worn out, used up, poor, impoverished, fallow …

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  • 16 unfruitful — un·fruitful …

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  • 17 unfruitful — /ʌnˈfrutfəl/ (say un froohtfuhl) adjective not fruitful; unproductive; barren; fruitless. –unfruitfully, adverb –unfruitfulness, noun …

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  • 18 unfruitful — adj. 1 not producing good results, unprofitable. 2 not producing fruit or crops. Derivatives: unfruitfully adv. unfruitfulness n …

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  • 19 self-unfruitful — | ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : deficient in self fertility : setting no fruits or a greatly reduced crop of fruits in the absence of cross pollination sweet cherries are self unfruitful • self unfruitfulness ˌ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun …

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  • 20 Unfruitfully — Unfruitful Un*fruit ful, a. Not producing fruit or offspring; unproductive; infertile; barren; sterile; as, an unfruitful tree or animal; unfruitful soil; an unfruitful life or effort. {Un*fruit ful*ly}, adv. {Un*fruit ful*ness}, n. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English