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

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The nonreproductive female was moved to the Rio Grande Zoo on the recommendation of the species survival plan. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas City Zoo to breed endangered African wild dogs," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonreproductive

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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