fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)fər-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \

Definition of fertility

1 : the quality or state of being fertile
2 : the birth rate of a population

Examples of fertility in a Sentence

She studied the effects of pollution on the fertility of the local fish population. The doctor ordered a test of his fertility. The area is known for its soil fertility. the fertility of his imagination
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Recent Examples on the Web The country's fertility rate, the expected number of births per woman, declined to 1.34, among the lowest in the world. Reuters, CNN, 5 June 2021 The country’s population declined for the first time in 2020 as the country’s fertility rate plunged to a historic low of 0.84—the lowest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development members. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 3 June 2021 The fertility rate, or the average number of births per mother, stood at 1.3 in 2020, well below the 2.1 that would maintain the size of the population. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2021 The fertility rate, or the average number of births per mother, stood at 1.3 in 2020, well below the 2.1 that would maintain the size of the population. Joe Mcdonald, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 The truth is the spike in global population has not been caused by some worldwide surge in fertility. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Another factor in declining fertility, especially in the U.S., is single parenthood. Tyler Cowen, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Frenck and other pediatricians said that the talk of future fertility problems from the vaccines is false. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 25 May 2021 Falling fertility rates will make first-birthday parties a rarer sight than funerals, the New York Times writes, and require huge adjustments in how our economies work. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of fertility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fertility was in the 15th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Fertility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertility. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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fertility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fertility

: the ability to produce young
: the ability to support the growth of many plants
: the ability to produce many ideas

fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌfər-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertility

: the condition of being fertile soil fertility

fertility

noun
fer·​til·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)fər-ˈtil-ət-ē How to pronounce fertility (audio) \
plural fertilities

Medical Definition of fertility

1 : the quality or state of being fertile
2 : the birth rate of a population

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