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  1. serving to reproduce.
  2. concerned with or pertaining to reproduction: a reproductive process; reproductive organs.
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  1. Entomology. a sexually mature male or female termite; a member of the reproductive caste.
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Origin of reproductive

First recorded in 1745–55; re- + productive
Related formsre·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverbre·pro·duc·tive·ness, nounnon·re·pro·duc·tive, adjectivenon·re·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·pro·duc·tive·ness, nounun·re·pro·duc·tive, adjectiveun·re·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverbun·re·pro·duc·tive·ness, noun
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conceptive, procreative

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British Dictionary definitions for reproductive


  1. of, relating to, characteristic of, or taking part in reproduction
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Derived Formsreproductively, adverbreproductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reproductive


1753; see reproduce + -ive. In U.S., reproductive rights attested from 1970.

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reproductive in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to reproduction.
  2. Tending to reproduce.
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