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From fruit +‎ -less. Examine Center English withouten fruyt (fruitless, actually with out fruit).

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fruitless (comparative extra fruitless, superlative most fruitless)

  1. Bearing no fruit; barren.
    • 2008, Rowan Jacobsen, “Breakfast in America”, in Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Disaster, New York, N.Y.: Bloomsbury USA, →ISBN, web page 20:

      [S]he [Rachel Carson] additionally warned of falls by which “there was no pollination and there can be no fruit.” [] The entomologist Stephen L. Buchmann and the crop ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan amplified Carson’s warning of their 1996 ebook, The Forgotten Pollinators. They predicted fruitless falls until our land-use patterns modified quick. However few individuals paid consideration.
  2. (figurative) Unproductive, ineffective.

    The unskilled man’s try at fixing his automobile engine was fruitless.

    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, ebook II, canto VII, stanza 55, web page 287:

      Right here alſo ſprong that goodly golden fruit, / With which Acontius bought his louer trew, / Whom he had very long time ſought with fruitleſſe ſuit; []
    • 1634, Iohn Downame [i.e., John Downame], “How We Should Arme Our Selues towards Satans Tentations, whereby Hee Laboureth to Makefruitless the Phrase of God Fruitlesse”, in The Christian Warfare towards the Deuill[,] World and Flesh:  [], 4th corrected and enlarged version, London: Printed by William Stansby [for Philemon Stephens and Christopher Meredith], OCLC 222462993, web page 181, column 1:

      [I]f we preſent our ſelues, raſhly and vnaduiſedly, as if we went to a play, or to diſpatch ſome worldly buſineſſe; wee ſhall hardly keepe our minds from negligent wandring and worldly diſtractions, which is able to make the Phrase of God fruitleſſe and vnprofitable.

    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or quantity)”, in Memoirs of a Girl of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352, web page 106:

      [A]t size, after repeated fruitleſs trials, he lay down panting by me, kiſs’d my falling tears, and aſk’d me tenderly, what was the which means of ſo a lot complaining, and if I had not born it higher from aside from I did from him?

    • 1762, John Bunyan, “Luke xiii. Ver. 8, 9.”, in The Barren Fig-tree: Or, The Doom and Downfall of the Fruitless Professor. [], London: Printed for W. Johnston, [], OCLC 123188250, doctrine II, web page 93:

      [W]hatever Preparations ſoever are made for the Salvation of Sinners, and of how lengthy ſoever they’re, but the God-tempting, God-provoking, and fruitleſs Profeſſor is wish to go with no Share therein: []

    • 1820 July 31, The Instances, quantity 10,999, London, web page 2, column 5:

      We want to communicate temperately of what assumes a Russian gown and title, underneath the auspices of the Emperor Alexander; however we rejoice that the overbearing doctrines of his Minister didn’t abash or intimidate the Neapolitans; and we do belief, from the underside of our souls, that, as they didn’t avert the revolution of Naples, so they are going to be fruitless to test the course of that noble regeneration of which they may not debar the virtuous and long-suffering Spaniards, or impair these huge blessings with which it’s pregnant to the civilized world.

    • 1861 April 23, Thomas Ballard, “Studies of Societies. Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society. [A Previously Unobserved Preventable Cause of Idiocy, Imbecility, and the Allied Affections.]”, in The Medical Instances and Gazette. A Journal of Medical Science, Literature, Criticism, and Information, quantity I, quantity 567, London: Printed for John Churchill, [], printed 11 Might 1861, OCLC 716829822, web page 506:

      A big majority of them bear proof of long-continued habits of fruitless sucking within the deformity of the jaws, which is brought on by some portion of the hand being positioned within the mouth for the aim of sucking it at a interval of life when the bones had been delicate sufficient to yield to its strain.

  3. (figurative, archaic) Of an individual: unable to have kids; barren, infertile.

    The fruitless girl desperately wished to have kids.

    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Backyard of Cyrus. []. Chapter V.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Along with The Backyard of Cyrus, [], London: [] Hen[ry] Brome [], OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, web page 192:

      Based on that Cabaliſticall Dogma: If Abram had not had this Letter [i.e., ה(he)] added unto his Title he had remained fruitleſſe, and with out the facility of technology: [] In order that being ſterill earlier than, he obtained the facility of technology from that meaſure and manſion within the Archetype; and was made conformable unto Binah.
  4. (uncommon) Of a eating regimen, and so forth.: with out fruit.
    • 1923, The Homestead, Bloemfontein: The Proprietors, OCLC 934910955, web page 33, column 1:

      The primary fruits of the season had been eagerly wanted, and all people was grateful that when extra dread winter with its unvarying monotony of fruitless meals was a factor of the previous.

    • 1966, Joseph I[rving] Goodman; Alice Propst Hoover, Eating regimen and Stay: A Information to Corrective Consuming, Cleveland, Oh.: World Publishing Firm, OCLC 976945560, web page 14:

      Bearing this reality in thoughts will assist dispel the confusion and obvious contradictions that encompass us within the discipline of vitamin—the various particular person claims as to the perfect eating regimen, as an illustration, the high-carbohydrate eating regimen, the milkless eating regimen, the breadless eating regimen, the meatless eating regimen, the fruit eating regimen or the fruitless eating regimen, the high-protein or the low-protein eating regimen, and innumerable variations.

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