reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reproductive (audio) \

Definition of reproductive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or capable of reproduction highly reproductive wild geese

reproductive

noun

Definition of reproductive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an actual or potential parent specifically : a sexually functional social insect

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Other Words from reproductive

Adjective

reproductively adverb

Examples of reproductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It is sometimes framed as a reproductive rights issue or as a way for foster children to be emancipated from bad foster parents. al, "Alabama native married at 17 wants to change Kansas teen bride law," 24 Feb. 2021 Her interests — and ambitions — have expanded from reproductive rights, but fighting for a pro-choice world is still at the heart of her activism. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, "The Power of Deja Foxx," 24 Feb. 2021 After the court decided to take up the case, the AMA and Planned Parenthood, along with several other reproductive rights groups, praised the decision in a joint statement. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court takes up family planning 'gag rule' abortion case," 22 Feb. 2021 There were songs about coal miners, reproductive rights, yearning for freedom, racial injustice and a lullaby for Medgar Evers' son. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Folk activist Judy Collins revisits her first live album," 9 Feb. 2021 But research by the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), which promotes reproductive health rights, found the rule had threatened to reverse those gains. Kara Fox And Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Reproductive rights groups cautiously welcome Biden's reversal of Trump's abortion access restrictions," 30 Jan. 2021 The president also began Thursday to rewrite federal policy surrounding reproductive rights. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden reopens ACA enrollment for three months in opening bid to extend health coverage," 29 Jan. 2021 Alliance for Choice, a Northern Irish reproductive rights group and a vocal critic of the lack of services, voiced its support for the legal action and said the issue has already reached a crisis point for many women and girls. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Group Takes Legal Action Over Lack of Abortion Services in Northern Ireland," 11 Jan. 2021 Mary Ziegler, a law professor who focuses on reproductive and gender issues at Florida State University, said the impact of the Trump years is very much still playing out on the antiabortion landscape. Michelle Boorstein, Anchorage Daily News, "March for Life goes virtual as abortion opponents debate Trump’s legacy," 29 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun About 1 in 10 of reproductive-age women have chronically high blood pressure — which doubles among Black women. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Texas lawmakers aim to make maternal health a priority this year," 14 Jan. 2021 Levels of reproductive and stress hormones, nutrition profiles, toxin loads, microbiome details, pregnancy, loss of pregnancy and more are revealed once the scat is analyzed. Starre Vartan, CNN, "These feces-finding Fidos help save orcas and other endangered wildlife," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of reproductive

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reproductive was in 1746

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“Reproductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reproductive. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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reproductive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reproductive

: relating to or involved in the production of babies, young animals, or new plants

reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reproductive (audio) \

Kids Definition of reproductive

: relating to or concerned with the production of offspring reproductive cells

reproductive

adjective
re·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reproductive (audio) \

Medical Definition of reproductive

: of, relating to, functioning in, or capable of reproduction reproductive organs

Other Words from reproductive

reproductively adverb

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