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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barrennessnoun

    the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children

  2. fruitlessness, aridity, barrennessnoun

    the quality of yielding nothing of value


  1. barrennessnoun

    The property of being barren; the property of not supporting life.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barrennessnoun

    Etymology: from barren.

    I pray’d for children, and thought barrenness
    In wedlock a reproach. John Milton, Agonistes, l. 350.

    No more be mention’d then of violence
    Against ourselves; and wilful barrenness,
    That cuts us off from hope. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    Within the self same hamlet, lands have divers degrees of value, through the diversity of their fertility or barrenness. Francis Bacon, on Alienations.

    The adventures of Ulysses are imitated in the Æneis; though the accidents are not the same, which would have argued him of a total barrenness of invention. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    The importunity of our adversaries hath constrained us longer to dwell than the barrenness of so poor a cause could have seemed either to require or to admit. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 22.

    The greatest saints sometimes are fervent, and sometimes feel a barrenness of devotion. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.


  1. barrenness

    Infertility is the inability of a person, animal or plant to reproduce by natural means. It is usually not the natural state of a healthy adult, except notably among certain eusocial species (mostly haplodiploid insects). It is the normal state of a human child or other young offspring, because they have not undergone puberty, which is the body's start of reproductive capacity. In humans, infertility is the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected and regular sexual intercourse involving a male and female partner. There are many causes of infertility, including some that medical intervention can treat. Estimates from 1997 suggest that worldwide about five percent of all heterosexual couples have an unresolved problem with infertility. Many more couples, however, experience involuntary childlessness for at least one year: estimates range from 12% to 28%. The main cause of infertility in humans is the age ,in addition the effect of an advanced maternal age can rise the probability of suffering a spontaneous abortion during pregnancy. Male infertility is responsible for 20–30% of infertility cases, while 20–35% are due to female infertility, and 25–40% are due to combined problems in both parts. In 10–20% of cases, no cause is found. The most common cause of female infertility is the age, which generally manifest themselves by sparse or absent menstrual periods. Male infertility is most commonly due to deficiencies in the semen, and semen quality is used as a surrogate measure of male fecundity.Women who are fertile experience a period of fertility before and during ovulation, and are infertile for the rest of the menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness methods are used to discern when these changes occur by tracking changes in cervical mucus or basal body temperature.


  1. barrenness

    Barrenness refers to the state of being unproductive, infertile, or unable to produce results. In the context of land or soil, it means an inability to grow or support plants. When referring to people or animals, it means the inability to bear offspring or reproduce. It can also imply a lack of creativity, ideas, or progress in a broader sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barrennessnoun

    the condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barrenness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barrenness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. huff
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    • C. suffuse
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