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[fil-oh-proh-jen-i-tiv] /ˌfɪl oʊ proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tɪv/
producing offspring, especially abundantly; prolific.
of, relating to, or characterized by love for offspring, especially one's own.
Origin of philoprogenitive
First recorded in 1860-65; philo- + progenitive
Related forms
philoprogenitiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Anybody'd think we were High Priests of—of philoprogenitiveness!

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • Mrs. Stowe has their philoprogenitiveness—as phrenologists call it—as fully developed as the whites.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • It is far otherwise, and many of these gentry have the organ of philoprogenitiveness strongly developed.

    Hints to Husbands George Morant
  • philoprogenitiveness is an important organ for an officer of colored troops; and I happen to be well provided with it.

  • I don't think Terry had what the phrenologists call "the lump of philoprogenitiveness" at all well developed.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • Schopenhauer's "instinct of philoprogenitiveness" has to-day become an article of faith with the learned and the unlearned.

  • Schopenhauer's instinct of philoprogenitiveness has to-day become an article of faith with the learned and unlearned.

  • These rejected essays and tales were my children, and the embarrassing number of them did not curb my philoprogenitiveness.

British Dictionary definitions for philoprogenitiveness


adjective (rare)
fond of children
producing many offspring
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Word Origin and History for philoprogenitiveness



"prolific," 1815, irregularly formed from philo- + Latin progenit-, past participle stem of progignere (see progeny). Related: Philoprogenitiveness. Important words among the phrenologists.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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