[ in-fur-tl or, especially British, -tahyl ]
See synonyms for: infertileinfertility on

  1. not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.

Origin of infertile

From the Latin word infertilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See in-3, fertile

Other words from infertile

  • in·fer·tile·ly, adverb
  • in·fer·til·i·ty, in·fer·tile·ness, noun

Words Nearby infertile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use infertile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for infertile


/ (ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl) /

  1. not capable of producing offspring; sterile

  2. (of land) not productive; barren

Derived forms of infertile

  • infertilely, adverb
  • infertility (ˌɪnfəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Scientific definitions for infertile


[ ĭn-fûrtl ]

  1. Not capable of reproducing.

  2. Not capable of developing into a complete organism, as infertile eggs.

  1. Relating to soil or land that is not capable of supporting or is unfavorable to the growth of plants.

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