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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fruit·less /ˈfrutləs/

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years
            after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a
            vain attempt" [syn: bootless, futile, sleeveless,