fruitlessly fruitlessly  /f ˈrut ləs li/


  • (adv) in an unproductive manner



  1. He peered at the audience, searching fruitlessly for a nod of acknowledgment.
  2. The gangsters show up and, fruitlessly, chase our girl-boys around the hotel a few times.
  3. Finally, after rescuers worked fruitlessly for 60 hours, Omaira died of a heart attack.


  • Obama embraces Bush-era policies

    While President Barack Obama has fruitlessly sought to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he has broadened George W. Bush’s drone warfare program, even approving a drone strike abroad to kill an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was accused of having links to planned terror attacks.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Ashland City Times


  1. "I am not here to deny or bicker fruitlessly about the science, as some would suggest," Rockefeller said.
    on Jun 10, 2010 By: Jay Rockefeller Source: Wheeling Intelligencer

  2. "We should remember those 10,000 people - mostly African-Americans - who huddled in that enormous sports arena," Carter said. "They waited fruitlessly for FEMA to come to their assistance. Republicans didn't care about them. They're only...
    on Aug 28, 2008 By: Jimmy Carter Source:

  3. It's a great read which the Backbencher thoroughly recommends, not least for its insights into working on a newspaper diary: "Work fruitlessly superficially futilely upon the Londoner's Diary," writes Harold in 1930. "The difficulty is that...
    on Nov 23, 2005 By: Harold Nicolson Source:

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