From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fruitless \Fruit"less\, a.
   1. Lacking, or not bearing, fruit; barren; destitute of
      offspring; as, a fruitless tree or shrub; a fruitless
      marriage. --Shak.
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   2. Productive of no advantage or good effect; vain; idle;
      useless; unprofitable; as, a fruitless attempt; a
      fruitless controversy.
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            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.
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