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FERTILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fertility mean? 

FERTILITY (noun)
  The noun FERTILITY has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: FERTILITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FERTILITY (noun)


Sense 1fertility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

birth rate; birthrate; fertility; fertility rate; natality

Hypernyms ("fertility" is a kind of...):

rate (a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit)


Sense 2fertility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

fertility; fecundity

Hypernyms ("fertility" is a kind of...):

physiological condition; physiological state (the state of the body or bodily functions)

Attribute:

fertile (capable of reproducing)

infertile; sterile; unfertile (incapable of reproducing)

Antonym:

infertility (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)


Sense 3fertility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

prolificacy; rankness; fertility; richness

Context examples:

he praised the richness of the soil / weeds lovely in their rankness

Hypernyms ("fertility" is a kind of...):

fecundity; fruitfulness (the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth)


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