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



Definition of reproductive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from reproductive


reproductively adverb

Examples of reproductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And people who are denied access to reproductive health care are more likely to live in poverty and to remain in abusive relationships. Danya Ruttenberg, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 Newsom’s current budget proposal includes $125 million earmarked to expand access to abortions and to prepare for more women traveling to California for reproductive care. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 As a teenager, Newman had local, quality reproductive health care, an impossibility for millions of people across America. Madison Feller, ELLE, 3 June 2022 According to the Center for American Progress,women living in states with greater access to reproductive health care have higher earnings, higher rates of full-time employment, and greater job opportunities. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 3 June 2022 One measure which has been passed by both houses protects the rights of individuals traveling to New York seeking reproductive care as well as transgender or nonbinary people seeking gender-affirming care. New York Times, 2 June 2022 But doctors also worry other forms of reproductive care, like treating ectopic pregnancies, could be targeted. Lindsay Whitehurst And Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 In a message to employees shared with ABC News, Mastercard warned of the prospect that the court will overturn previous rulings on access to reproductive health care. Max Zahn, ABC News, 20 May 2022 In addition, Sony now plans to formulate an initiative to provide financial assistance to employees who might have to travel to different states to receive reproductive care. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even something that innocuous could be at risk in the march to strip away women’s reproductive and privacy rights. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2022 Researchers were also concerned that experimenting on reproductive-aged females would hurt their fertility. Afton Vechery, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2021 About 1 in 10 of reproductive-age women have chronically high blood pressure — which doubles among Black women. Marina Starleaf Riker,, 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, 10 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of reproductive


1746, in the meaning defined above


1932, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Reproductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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


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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