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Fertile meaning

Fertility is the natural capability to produce offspring. As a measure, fertility rate is the number of offspring born per mating pair, individual or population. Fertility differs from fecundity, which is defined as the potential for reproduction (influenced by gamete production, fertilization and carrying a pregnancy to term). A lack of fertility is infertility while a lack of fecundity would be called sterility.


  1. (a.) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers.
  2. (a.) Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination.
  3. (a.) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
  4. (a.) produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
Word: fer·tile
Pronunciation of fertile: 'f&r-t&l
Function of fertile: adjective
Origin of fertile: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin fertilis, from ferre to carry, bear -- more at BEAR
1 a : producing or bearing fruit in great quantities : PRODUCTIVE b : characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination : INVENTIVE <a fertile mind> c obsolete : PLENTIFUL
2 a (1) : capable of sustaining abundant plant growth <fertile soil> (2) : affording abundant possibilities for development <a fertile area for research> b : capable of growing or developing <fertile egg> c (1) : capable of producing fruit (2) of an anther : containing pollen (3) : developing spores or spore-bearing organs d : capable of breeding or reproducing
3 : capable of being converted into fissionable material <fertile uranium 238>
- fer·tile·ly /-t&l-(l)E/ adverb
- fer·tile·ness /-t&l-n&s/ noun
synonyms FERTILE, FECUND, FRUITFUL, PROLIFIC mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. FERTILE implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth <fertile soil>; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development <a fertile imagination>. FECUND emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring <a fecund herd>. FRUITFUL adds to FERTILE and FECUND the implication of desirable or useful results <fruitful research>. PROLIFIC stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction <a prolific writer>.

Synonyms of fertile

Fat, Fecund, Productive, Prolific, Rich,

Antonyms of fertile

Infertile, Unfertile,