Having no useful result
He must have thought it fruitless to pursue that angle so he moved on.
Fred, seeing that further discussion was fruitless, excused himself.
Denying it seemed fruitless yet I couldn't bring myself to confirm what she was saying.
His victories over the Turks were fruitless so far as Poland was concerned.
With a sinking feeling my call would be fruitless, I called the hospital.
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