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Definition of "infertile" []

  • Not fertile; unproductive or barren. (adjective)
  • Biology Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction. (adjective)
  • Biology Not fertilized and hence incapable of growing and developing: infertile duck eggs. (adjective)
  • Not capable of sustaining crops or vegetation: infertile land. (adjective)
  • Unproductive or producing little: a path of research that proved infertile. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "infertile" in a sentence
  • "Identifying herself with the word infertile had diminished her sense of herself as a woman."
  • "Hearing the word infertile had made her feel unfeminine and as if her female body had failed in some way."
  • "Now they are coming back because the Karzai government is inviting them back and then it is dumping them in infertile deserts with no access to healthcare, no access to jobs, she said."