What does fertility mean?

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fərˈtɪl ɪ tifer·til·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. birthrate, birth rate, fertility, fertility rate, natalitynoun

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

  2. fertility, fecunditynoun

    the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring

  3. richness, rankness, prolificacy, fertilitynoun

    the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth

    "he praised the richness of the soil"; "weeds lovely in their rankness"


  1. fertilitynoun

    The condition, or the degree, of being fertile.

    Muckspreading increases the fertility of the soil.

  2. fertilitynoun

    The birthrate of a population; the number of live births per 1000 people per year.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fertilitynoun

    Fecundity; abundance; fruitfulness; plenteousness.

    Etymology: fertilitas, Latin.

    I will go root away
    The noisom weeds, that without profit suck
    The soil’s fertility from wholesome flowers. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Paradise itself exceeded in beauty and fertility; and these places had but a resemblance thereof. Walter Raleigh, History.

    To inundations Egypt, through which the Nile flows, and the Indies owe their extraordinary fertility, and those mighty crops they produce after these waters are withdrawn. John Woodward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fertilitynoun

    the state or quality of being fertile or fruitful; fruitfulness; productiveness; fecundity; richness; abundance of resources; fertile invention; quickness; readiness; as, the fertility of soil, or of imagination

  2. Etymology: [L. fertilitas: cf. F. fertilit.]


  1. Fertility

    Fertility is the natural human capability of producing offspring. As a measure, "fertility rate" is the number of children born per couple, person or population. Fertility differs from fecundity, which is defined as the potential for reproduction. A lack of fertility is infertility while a lack of fecundity would be called sterility. Human fertility depends on factors of nutrition, sexual behavior, culture, instinct, endocrinology, timing, economics, way of life, and emotions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Fertility

    The capacity to conceive or to induce conception. It may refer to either the male or female.

Editors Contribution

  1. fertility

    Healthy ovum produced by a female to create an offspring.

    Female ovum fertility is important to create a child.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

  2. fertility

    Healthy sperm produced by a male to create an offspring.

    Male fertility is important to create a child.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

  3. fertility

    The ability and quality of being fertile and to create an offspring.

    They are clearly fertile with the joy of a new baby on the way, amazing news.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 5, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fertility' in Nouns Frequency: #2676

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertility in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of fertility in a Sentence

  1. Stephanie Moleski:

    Miscarriage in celiac disease patients has been linked to vitamin deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron and folate, when I see patients who have had fertility or pregnancy complications I feel it is appropriate to consider testing for celiac disease.

  2. Prince Charles:

    Since the beginning of the 1980s, when I first had responsibility for managing some land in my own right at Highgrove, I have wanted to focus on an approach to food production that avoids the impact of the predominant, conventional system of industrialized agriculture, which, it is increasingly clear to see, is having a disastrous effect on soil fertility, biodiversity and animal and human health.

  3. Gretchen Livingston:

    Clearly, there is postponement, now, will all the women who've been postponing birth... ultimately catch up on their fertility ? I'm not sure.

  4. Hermes Gadelha:

    It could be that the rolling motion hides some subtle aspects about the health of this sperm or how well it can travel quickly, these are all very hypothetical questions. What we hope is that more scientist and fertility experts will become interested and ask,' OK, how does this influence infertility ?'.

  5. Gretchen Livingston:

    There are experts out there who would argue that, given limited resources, maybe there's an advantage to lower population growth, which could be driven by fewer births, but on the other hand, there's a lot of people out there who think that maybe lower fertility might prove problematic, particularly as the labor force starts to shrink as a result.

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