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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fruit·less a.
 1. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless marriage.
 2. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle; useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a fruitless controversy.
 They in mutual accusation spent
 The fruitless hours.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- Useless; barren; unprofitable; abortive; ineffectual; vain; idle; profitless. See Useless.
 -- Fruit*less*ly, adv. -- Fruit*lness*ness, n.