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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fruitless  \Fruit"less\,  a. 
  1.  Lacking,  or  not  bearing,  fruit;  barren;  destitute  of 
  offspring;  as  a  fruitless  tree  or  shrub;  a  fruitless 
  marriage.  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Useless;  barren;  unprofitable;  abortive;  ineffectual; 
  vain;  idle;  profitless.  See  {Useless}.  -- 
  {Fruit"less*ly},  adv  --  {Fruit"lness*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fruitless 
  adj  :  unproductive  of  success;  "a  fruitless  search";  "futile  years 
  after  her  artistic  peak";  "a  sleeveless  errand";  "a 
  vain  attempt"  [syn:  {bootless},  {futile},  {sleeveless}, 
  {vain}] 




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