from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being sterile.
  • noun Lack of fecundity; barrenness: said of animals or plants.
  • noun Fruitlessness; profitlessness.
  • noun Deficiency in ideas, sentiments, or expression; lack of richness or luxuriance, as in literary style; poverty; baldness; meagerness.

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

  • noun The quality or condition of being sterile.
  • noun (Biol.) Quality of being sterile; infecundity; also, the state of being free from germs or spores.

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

  • noun The state or quality of being sterile.

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

  • noun (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
  • noun the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate


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  • Speaking of equivocation, the chemistry dunnit monopolistic approach has multiple meanings even if its sterility is singular.

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  • The verdict of our scientists on our resources of soil is that we have established a progressive degradation that will end in sterility '.'.

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  • In short, unplanned exploitation of the renewable natural resources of the Province has gravely reduced their productivity and has established a progressive degradation which will end in sterility unless control measures are adopted.

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  • Typically, Sandow's entire discussion of sterility is cantilevered off a distortion of what

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  • Though such a long interval is certainly not to be universally recommended, as it is said that it may result in sterility [preventive measures in themselves never lead to sterility.

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  • This is what is called the sterility of the hybrids between two distinct species.


  • Simplifying down to the most precious objects and actions will result in sterility, which is the road to spiritual ruin and mental rigor mortis!

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  • He reproaches his former colleagues with being sterile and shows them that their sterility is the result of their not believing in anything.

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  • This distinction is important, when the cause of the sterility, which is common to the two cases, has to be considered.

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