fruitless

Part of speech: adverb

FRUITLESSLY.

Part of speech: noun

FRUITLESSNESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Yielding no fruit; barren; useless; vain.

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Usage examples "fruitless":

  1. They were altogether barren and fruitless professors. - "The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3", John Bunyan.
  2. Roberts was curious about the future, of course, but he did not want to waste a victim on a trip that would probably be fruitless. - "The Old Die Rich", Horace Leonard Gold.
  3. With inferior resources, though not at first with inferior numbers, by a steady offensive, and by the attendant anxiety about Trincomalee impressed upon the British admiral, he reduced him to a fruitless defensive. - "The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence", A. T. Mahan.