non·​re·​pro·​duc·​tive ˌnän-ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce nonreproductive (audio)
: not reproducing
nonreproductive sexual activity
especially : not capable of reproducing
nonreproductive worker bees
: not relating to or affecting the reproductive system
nonreproductive organs
nonreproductive effects

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In that approach, genetic material is altered only in relevant somatic (nonreproductive) cells, so there is no chance of passing those changes on to future offspring. Francis S. Collins, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2019 These super monarchs, which are in a nonreproductive state, are also physically larger. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 But after many generations of selection, the large clusters evolved a solution: nonreproductive cells which served as points where offspring could break away from the parent cluster. Sarah Fecht, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2012 The nonreproductive female was moved to the Rio Grande Zoo on the recommendation of the species survival plan. Matt Campbell, kansascity, 16 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nonreproductive was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Nonreproductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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