from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition, quality, or degree of being fertile.
  • noun The birthrate of a population.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being fertile or fruitful; the quality of producing in abundance: fecundity; productiveness: as, the fertility of land, or (more rarely) of a breed of animals, a race of men, or an individual.
  • noun Prolific invention; abundance of resources; mental affluence: as, the fertility of genius or imagination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being fertile or fruitful; fruitfulness; productiveness; fecundity; richness; abundance of resources; fertile invention; quickness; readiness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The condition, or the degree, of being fertile.
  • noun countable The birthrate of a population; the number of live births per 1000 people per year.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year
  • noun the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring
  • noun the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth


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