Synonyms of fruitless
1 uselessDictionary • It was a fruitless search.
useless • He realised that their money was useless in this country.
vain • They worked all night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
unsuccessful • a second unsuccessful operation on his knee
in vain • All her complaints were in vain.
pointless • Violence is always pointless.
futile • a futile attempt to ward off the blow
unproductive • They are aware much of their time and effort is unproductive.
abortive • an abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
to no avail
ineffectual • the well-meaning but ineffectual jobs programs of the past
unprofitable • an endless, unprofitable argument
to no effect
unavailing • a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness
profitless • a singularly profitless line of thought
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abortiveAn abortive attempt or action is unsuccessful.
• an abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
barrenBarren land consists of soil that is so poor that plants cannot grow in it.
• He also wants to use water to irrigate barren desert land.
futileIf you say that something is futile, you mean there is no point in doing it, usually because it has no chance of succeeding.
• a futile attempt to ward off the blow
Thesaurus for fruitless from the Collins English Thesaurus
yielding nothing or nothing of value; unproductive; ineffectual