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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fertility  \Fer*til"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  fertilitas:  cf  F. 
  fertilit['e].] 
  The  state  or  quality  of  being  fertile  or  fruitful; 
  fruitfulness;  productiveness;  fecundity;  richness;  abundance 
  of  resources;  fertile  invention;  quickness;  readiness;  as 
  the  fertility  of  soil,  or  of  imagination.  ``fertility  of 
  resource.''  --E.  Everett. 
 
  And  all  her  husbandry  doth  lie  on  heaps  Corrupting  in 
  its  own  fertility.  --Shak. 
 
  Thy  very  weeds  are  beautiful;  thy  waste  More  rich  than 
  other  climes'  fertility.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fertility 
  n  1:  the  ratio  of  live  births  in  an  area  to  the  population  of 
  that  area;  expressed  per  1000  population  per  year  [syn: 
  {birthrate},  {birth  rate},  {fertility  rate}] 
  2:  the  state  of  being  fertile;  capable  of  producing  offspring 
  [syn:  {fecundity}]  [ant:  {sterility}] 
  3:  the  property  of  producing  abundantly  and  sustaining  growth; 
  "he  praised  the  richness  of  the  soil"  [syn:  {richness},  {prolificacy}] 




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