[ pruh-lif-ik ]
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  1. producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree.

  2. producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive: a prolific writer.

  1. profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations.

  2. characterized by abundant production: a prolific year for tomatoes.

Origin of prolific

First recorded in 1640–50, prolific is from the Medieval Latin word prōlificus “fertile.” See prolicide, -fic

synonym study For prolific

1, 2. See productive.

Other words for prolific

Opposites for prolific

Other words from prolific

  • pro·lif·i·ca·cy [pruh-lif-i-kuh-see], /prəˈlɪf ɪ kə si/, pro·li·fic·i·ty [proh-luh-fis-i-tee], /ˌproʊ ləˈfɪs ɪ ti/, pro·lif·ic·ness, noun
  • pro·lif·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·pro·lif·ic, adjective
  • non·pro·lif·ic·ness, noun
  • non·pro·lif·i·ca·cy, noun
  • non·pro·lif·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·pro·lif·ic, adjective
  • o·ver·pro·lif·ic·ness, noun
  • o·ver·pro·lif·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·pro·lif·ic, adjective
  • un·pro·lif·ic·ness, noun
  • un·pro·lif·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use prolific in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prolific


/ (prəˈlɪfɪk) /

  1. producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance

  2. producing constant or successful results

  1. (often foll by in or of) rich or fruitful

Origin of prolific

C17: from Medieval Latin prōlificus, from Latin prōlēs offspring

Derived forms of prolific

  • prolifically, adverb
  • prolificness or prolificacy, noun

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