the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.

Origin of fecundity

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcunditās fruitfulness, fertility. See fecund, -ity
Related formsnon·fe·cun·di·ty, nounsu·per·fe·cun·di·ty, noun
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Related Words for fecundity

fruitfulness, fertility

Examples from the Web for fecundity

Historical Examples of fecundity

  • On a stool was the unfinished model of Fecundity swathed in wet cloths.

  • Therefore we ask for your opinions on the question of the power of adaptation in fecundity.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Disorders of menstruation have much less influence on fecundity.

  • Fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete

    Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe

  • It is important to remember the distinction between "fecundity" and "fertility."

British Dictionary definitions for fecundity



fertility; fruitfulness
intellectual fruitfulness; creativity
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Word Origin and History for fecundity

early 15c., from Latin fecunditatem (nominative fecunditas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fecundus (see fecund).

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fecundity in Medicine




The capacity for producing offspring, especially in abundance.
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