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Synonyms for fruitless
ˈfrut lɪsfruit·less

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fruitlessadjective

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

  2. fruitlessadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. fruitlessadjective

    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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#13230unreal
#15690vain
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#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. James Goldsmith:

    None has more frequent conversations with a disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, are continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the more strong his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life.

  2. The Dhammapada:

    Like a beautiful flower, full of colour but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.

  3. Heather Kugelmass:

    If individuals experience a lack of responsiveness during their help-seeking process, they may view reaching out to psychotherapists as a fruitless activity or develop negative attitudes toward the profession.

  4. Amenorhu kwaku:

    Desiring something that you cannot possess is but a fruitless voyage.

  5. 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.


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