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[proh-kree-eyt] /ˈproʊ kriˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), procreated, procreating.
to beget or generate (offspring).
to produce; bring into being.
verb (used without object), procreated, procreating.
to beget offspring.
to produce; bring into being.
Origin of procreate
1530-40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create
Related forms
procreation, noun
procreative, adjective
procreativeness, noun
procreator, noun
nonprocreation, noun
nonprocreative, adjective
unprocreated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for procreative
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  • The creative function of the male and the female in procreative conjunctivity.

  • But he is so only in the service of emotional and procreative woman.

  • And my senses, I perceive, belong not to me but to the procreative principles of biology.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Apart from the procreative necessity, was woman an unavoidable evil?

  • The procreative genius of her body would have kept him in life to give her more.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West
  • The virile who remain push the weaklings to the wall, particularly in the procreative contest.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • When there is no procreation, although the procreative faculties are excited, we see these pseudo-morphoses arise.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for procreative


to beget or engender (offspring)
(transitive) to bring into being
Derived Forms
procreant, procreative, adjective
procreation, noun
procreator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōcreāre, from pro-1 + creāre to create
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Word Origin and History for procreative



1530s, a back formation from procreation or else from Latin procreatus, past participle of procreare "to beget, bring forth" (see procreation). Related: Procreated; procreating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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procreative in Medicine

procreative pro·cre·a·tive (prō'krē-ā'tĭv)

  1. Capable of reproducing; generative.

  2. Of or directed to procreation.

procreate pro·cre·ate (prō'krē-āt')
v. pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing, pro·cre·ates

  1. To beget and conceive offspring; to reproduce.

  2. To produce or create; originate.

pro'cre·a'tion n.
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