[proh-neyt-l-iz-uh m]


the policy or practice of encouraging the bearing of children, especially government support of a higher birthrate.

Nearby words

  1. promycelium,
  2. promyelocyte,
  3. pron.,
  4. pronaos,
  5. pronasion,
  6. pronate,
  7. pronation,
  8. pronator,
  9. prone,
  10. prone float

Origin of pronatalism

1935–40; pro-1 + natal (in a sense perhaps influenced by French natalité birthrate) + -ism

Related formspro·na·tal·ist, noun, adjectivepro·na·tal·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019