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Synonyms for fruitless
ˈfrut lɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain(adj)

    unproductive of success

    "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"

    Synonyms:
    unavailing, otiose, self-conceited, egotistic, vain, conceited, swollen-headed, futile, swollen, bootless, ineffectual, egotistical, sleeveless

    Antonyms:
    productive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fruitless

    Vain (Latin vanus, empty) keeps the etymological idea through all changes of meaning; a vain endeavor is empty of result, or of adequate power to produce a result, a vain pretension is empty or destitute of support, a vain person has a conceit that is empty or destitute of adequate cause or reason. That which is bootless, fruitless, or profitless fails to accomplish any valuable result; that which is abortive, ineffectual, or unavailing fails to accomplish a result that it was, or was supposed to be, adapted to accomplish. That which is useless, futile, or vain is inherently incapable of accomplishing a specified result. Useless, in the widest sense, signifies not of use for any valuable purpose, and is thus closely similar to valueless and worthless. Fruitless is more final than ineffectual, as applying to the sum or harvest of endeavor. That which is useless lacks actual fitness for a purpose; that which is vain lacks imaginable fitness. Compare VACANT; OSTENTATION; PRIDE.

    Compare synonyms for UTILITY.

    Synonyms:
    abortive, baseless, bootless, deceitful, delusive, empty, futile, idle, inconstant, ineffectual, nugatory, null, profitless, shadowy, trifling, trivial, unavailing, unimportant, unprofitable, unreal, unsatisfying, unserviceable, unsubstantial, useless, vain, vapid, visionary, worthless

    Antonyms:
    adequate, advantageous, beneficial, competent, effective, efficient, expedient, potent, powerful, profitable, real, serviceable, solid, sound, substantial, sufficient, useful, valid, valuable, worthy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fruitless(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unfruitful, unproductive, barren, sterile, unprolific, unfertile, infecund, addle, ACARPOUS

  2. fruitless(a.)

    Synonyms:
    useless, unavailing, bootless, profitless, ineffectual, unprofitable, vain, idle, futile, abortive, without avail

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fruitless(a)

    Synonyms:
    unfruitful, infertile, infecund, acarpous, barren, unavailing, useless, vain

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "fruitless":

    sterile, unsuccessful, futile, vain, useless, unproductive, no-win, pointless

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#2964empty
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#10226useless
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#13230unreal
#15690vain
#17103unsuccessful
#17502sterile
#18270pointless
#19590visionary
#20769worthless
#21156swollen
#22525sleeveless
#26975futile
#32026unimportant
#38689shadowy
#48116fruitless
#48348unproductive
#55524deceitful
#55539unprofitable
#60134baseless
#61666ineffectual
#64373egotistical
#67211conceited
#69037trifling
#72180abortive
#90731unsatisfying
#94014vapid
#109464unavailing
#131299unserviceable
#146779inconstant
#203636delusive
#236805egotistic
#244598unsubstantial
#245515nugatory
#291737profitless

How to use fruitless in a sentence?

  1. May Sarton:

    It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

  2. Alekandr Sergeyevick Pushkin:

    I've lived to bury my desires, And see my dreams corrode with rust Now all that's left are fruitless fires That burn my empty heart to dust.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove.

  4. John Sopko:

    I am not really certain that it has been thought out. I hope it will be. I hope all my concerns are fruitless.

  5. Eric Schneiderman:

    In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of millions of dollars through a scheme known at Trump University, donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes.


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