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fruit +‎ -less


fruitless (comparative more fruitless, superlative most fruitless)

  1. Useless; unproductive.
    The unskilled man's attempt at fixing his car engine was fruitless.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 2
      At length, after repeated fruitless trials, he lay down panting by me, kiss'd my falling tears, and asked me tenderly what was the meaning of so much complaining?
  2. Bearing no fruit; barren.
    The fruitless woman desperately wanted to have children.
  3. (rare) Without fruit.
    • 1923, The Homestead (issues 386-410, page 33)
      The first fruits of the season were eagerly sought after, and everybody was thankful that once more dread winter with its unvarying monotony of fruitless meals was a thing of the past.
    • 1966, Joseph Irving Goodman, Diet and live (page 14)
      [] the many individual claims as to the ideal diet, for instance, the high-carbohydrate diet, the milkless diet, the breadless diet, the meatless diet, the fruit diet or the fruitless diet, the high-protein or the low-protein diet, and innumerable variations.


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