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barren

adjective uk   /ˈbær.ən/ us  
unable to produce plants or fruit: We drove through a barren, rocky landscape.Fertile or infertile landPlant reproduction formal unable to have children or young animalsAnimal reproduction not creating or producing anything new: She became very depressed during the barren years when she was unable to paint.
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Unsuccessful (people and things)
barrenness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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