Definition of infertile in English:

infertile

adjective

  • 1(of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce itself; unable to have young.

    ‘infertile couples are offered specialist advice’
    • ‘Plot summary: a childless and infertile couple are digging in the garden and find a tree stump that looks like a baby.’
    • ‘But the worst consequence may be the denial of life itself to children who are desperately wanted by infertile couples.’
    • ‘The story concerns a group of young, infertile American mothers who travel down to Mexico to adopt babies.’
    • ‘It is exceptionally rare for an infertile couple to make use of all the embryos that result from the procedure.’
    • ‘‘Twice we tried to mate her,’ says Pyarejan, who fears his elephant is infertile.’
    • ‘The sperm of the altered mice were less vigorous than normal, and the mice were completely infertile.’
    • ‘Zavos says his ultimate aim is merely to produce ‘a technology that can give an infertile and childless couple the right to have a child.’’
    • ‘These practitioners are to be sought out, as treating an infertile couple demands not just general practice but also specialty skill.’
    • ‘In recommending a ban on sex selection, the UK authority that regulates reproductive technology reveals its deep distrust of infertile couples.’
    • ‘Why do we allow it in the private lives of infertile couples?’
    • ‘After much soul searching and having determined the husband was infertile, the childless couple decided to try artificial insemination.’
    • ‘One study of infertile couples found that 5% had a history of sexual problems.’
    • ‘It would also not affect the anonymity of those who have already donated sperm, eggs or embryos to help infertile couples.’
    • ‘Infections in the reproductive tract of infertile men have been acknowledged for decades.’
    • ‘Adoption is common, but reproductive technologies that allow infertile couples and gay couples to reproduce are highly valued.’
    • ‘He started donating in clinics after meeting infertile couples during investigations of his former wife's infertility.’
    • ‘For example, if the couple is infertile on either part, the determination would involve some sort of mandatory test of fertility.’
    • ‘On the other hand, clinical cytogenetic studies of malformed and infertile dogs have been rather poorly developed.’
    • ‘The use of assisted reproductive technology to help infertile couples conceive is steadily increasing.’
    • ‘Leaders in the states say the vaccine is laced with chemicals capable of rendering young girls infertile.’
    sterile, barren
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    1. 1.1 (of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation.
      ‘barren and infertile soils’
      • ‘The French army was forced to act as an army of occupation for once, in a country whose infertile land prevented them from foraging successfully.’
      • ‘This practice can lead to compacted, infertile soil, erosion, and water pollution.’
      • ‘There are also considerable advantages for the developing world where infertile land could become productive with the potential to improve millions of lives.’
      • ‘However, many people find it difficult to sustain their families on small plots of infertile land.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the notion that only infertile soils can make good wines is undoubtedly mistaken.’
      • ‘This has caused a tremendous increase in the rate of soil erosion which then led to the soft, dusty and infertile land that you see now.’
      • ‘These strips were redistributed every year - if you got infertile land one year you might receive better land the following year.’
      • ‘Most Haitians live in rural areas as sharecroppers working infertile land.’
      • ‘It is exceptionally fire-prone; has infertile soils; enjoys great biodiversity; and is tectonically stable.’
      • ‘In the wild, the plant grows in infertile, moist, sandy soil near streams and marshes.’
      • ‘Marginal and fragile lands cleared for export crop production rapidly become infertile and erosion prone.’
      • ‘The shortage of water had turned the land into infertile ground.’
      • ‘As he scanned the dry, nearly infertile land, he felt a sense of humiliation.’
      • ‘The sites are usually abandoned, leaving the land infertile and the water polluted.’
      • ‘Like downy blue star, this one is native to infertile sandy soils.’
      • ‘The thin alkaline soils are extremely infertile, and there is no fresh surface water.’
      • ‘These were farms so small or with such infertile land as to be unable to support a family at a minimum standard of living.’
      • ‘They can produce seeds that grow in infertile land.’
      • ‘Also much of Spain was infertile land and the more fertile land near the Mediterranean Sea was not ploughed due to the fear of pirates.’
      • ‘Secondly, Australia is a fragile, arid country with infertile soils over large areas, and sketchy water tables in a lot of areas.’
      barren, non-fertile, unfruitful, unproductive, non-productive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, arid
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French, or from late Latin infertilis, from in- ‘not’ + fertilis (see fertile).

Pronunciation

infertile

/ɪnˈfəːtʌɪl/