non·​re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌnän-ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce nonreproductive (audio) \

Definition of nonreproductive

1 : not reproducing nonreproductive sexual activity especially : not capable of reproducing nonreproductive worker bees
2 : not relating to or affecting the reproductive system nonreproductive organs nonreproductive effects

Examples of nonreproductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of nonreproductive

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonreproductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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