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verb (used without object), pro·cre·at·ed, pro·cre·at·ing.
  1. to beget offspring.
  2. to produce; bring into being.

Origin of procreate

1530–40; < Latin prōcreātus, past participle of prōcreāre to breed. See pro-1, create
Related formspro·cre·a·tion, nounpro·cre·a·tive, adjectivepro·cre·a·tive·ness, nounpro·cre·a·tor, nounnon·pro·cre·a·tion, nounnon·pro·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·pro·cre·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for procreative

conceptive, procreant

Examples from the Web for procreative

Contemporary Examples of procreative

Historical Examples of procreative

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Rebecca West

British Dictionary definitions for procreative


  1. to beget or engender (offspring)
  2. (tr) to bring into being
Derived Formsprocreant or procreative, adjectiveprocreation, nounprocreator, noun

Word Origin for procreate

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

procreative in Medicine


  1. Capable of reproducing; generative.
  2. Of or directed to procreation.


  1. To beget and conceive offspring; to reproduce.
  2. To produce or create; originate.
Related formspro′cre•ation n.
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