- 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?
- Bearing no fruit; barren.
- The fruitless woman desperately wanted to have children.
- See also Wikisaurus:futile