infertile (adj.) 1590s, from Fr. infertile (late 15c.), from L.L. infertilis "unfruitful," from in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + fertilis (see FERTILE (Cf. fertile)).

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  • infertile — [ ɛ̃fɛrtil ] adj. • 1434; bas lat. infertilis ♦ Littér. Qui n est pas fertile. ⇒ infécond. Champ, sol, terre infertile. Contrées infertiles. ⇒ désertique, inculte. ♢ Fig. Qui ne produit rien. ⇒ improductif. Esprit, imagination infertile. ⇒ pauvre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • infertile — Infertile. adj. de t. g. Sterile, Qui ne produit rien, qui ne rapporte rien, ou qui ne rapporte que peu. Un champ infertile. des terres infertiles. pays infertile. On dit fig. Un esprit infertile. un sujet infertile, pour dire, Un esprit qui ne… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Infertile — In*fer tile, a. [L. infertilis: cf. F. infertile. See {In } not, and {Fertile}.] Not fertile; not productive; barren; sterile; unable to propagate its kind; as, an infertile soil; an infertile hybrid; of living things and of soil or land. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infertile — index barren, otiose, unproductive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • infertile — /in fɛrtile/ agg. [der. di fertile, col pref. in 2], non com. (biol.) [che non può fecondare o essere fecondato] ▶◀ e ◀▶ [➨ infecondo (1)] …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • infertile — *sterile, barren, impotent, unfruitful Analogous words: *dry, arid: impoverished, exhausted, drained, depleted (see DEPLETE) Antonyms: fertile Contrasted words: fecund, fruitful, prolific (see FERTILE): producing or productive, bearing, yielding… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • infertile — [adj] not bearing fruit, young barren, depleted, drained, effete, exhausted, impotent, impoverished, infecund, nonproductive, sterile, unbearing, unfertile, unfruitful, unproductive; concepts 406,560 Ant. fertile, fruitful, potent, productive …   New thesaurus

  • infertile — Infertile, Infoecundus, Infoelix …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • infertile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to reproduce. 2) (of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation. DERIVATIVES infertility noun …   English terms dictionary

  • infertile — [in fʉrt′ l] adj. [MFr < L infertilis] 1. not fertile; not productive; barren 2. not fertilized, as an egg SYN. STERILE infertility [in΄fər til′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

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