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Wordnet 3.0


1. unproductive of success;
- Example: "a fruitless search"
- Example: "futile years after her artistic peak"
- Example: "a sleeveless errand"
- Example: "a vain attempt"
[syn: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fruitless adj 1: unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt" [syn: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

91 Moby Thesaurus words for "fruitless": abortive, acarpous, arid, barren, bootless, celibate, childless, counterproductive, desert, desolate, drained, dried-up, dry, effete, empty, etiolated, exhausted, failed, failing, fallow, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, foiled, frustrated, futile, gainless, gaunt, gelded, idle, impotent, inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, infecund, infertile, inoperative, invalid, issueless, jejune, lame, leached, manque, menopausal, miscarried, miscarrying, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, nonremunerative, nugacious, nugatory, of no effect, of no force, otiose, pointless, profitless, rewardless, sine prole, sterile, stickit, stillborn, successless, sucked dry, teemless, thwarted, unavailable, unavailing, uncultivated, unfertile, unfortunate, unfruitful, unplowed, unproductive, unprofitable, unprolific, unremunerative, unrewarding, unsown, unsuccessful, untilled, useless, vain, virgin, waste, wasted, without issue, worthless