What does prolific mean?

Definitions for prolificprəˈlɪf ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fecund, fertile, prolific(adj)

    intellectually productive

    "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination"

  2. prolific, fertile(adj)

    bearing in abundance especially offspring

    "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree"


  1. prolific(Adjective)

    Fertile, producing offspring or fruit in abundance u2014 applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.

  2. prolific(Adjective)

    Similarly producing results or works in abundance

  3. Origin: 1640-1650: from prolifique, from proles and facere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prolific(adj)

    having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit; generative; fruitful; productive; -- applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.; -- usually with the implied idea of frequent or numerous production; as, a prolific tree, female, and the like

  2. Prolific(adj)

    serving to produce; fruitful of results; active; as, a prolific brain; a controversy prolific of evil

  3. Prolific(adj)


  4. Origin: [F. prolifique, fr. L. proles offspring (from pro for, forward + the root of alere to nourish) + facere to make. See Adult, Old, and Fact.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prolific

    -al, prō-lif′ik, -al, adj. bringing forth offspring: producing young or fruit: productive: bringing about results: (bot.) applied to a flower from which another is produced.—ns. Prolif′icacy, Prolif′icness.—adv. Prolif′ically.—n. Prolificā′tion, the generation of young animals or plants: (bot.) development of a shoot from an organ normally ultimate. [Fr. prolifique—L. proles (for pro-oles), offspring, facĕre, to make.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prolific in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prolific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Craig Friebolin:

    The most prolific teachers of critical thinking in my lifetime are stand-up comedians

  2. Bo Sears:

    I believe southwest Saskatchewan (and) southeast Alberta to be prolific future helium producers.

  3. Alfred North Whitehead:

    Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.

  4. Alfred North Whitehead:

    Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.

  5. Heywood Broun:

    The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.

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