Synonyms & Antonyms of fecund

producing abundantly
  • the Franklin stove, bifocals, and the lightning rod are just a few of the inventions that we owe to the fecund creativity of Benjamin Franklin

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How is the word fecund distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of fecund are fertile, fruitful, and prolific. While all these words mean "producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit," fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring.

a fecund herd

When is it sensible to use fertile instead of fecund?

The synonyms fertile and fecund are sometimes interchangeable, but fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development.

fertile soil

a fertile imagination

How does the word fruitful relate to other synonyms for fecund?

Fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results.

fruitful research

When would prolific be a good substitute for fecund?

The words prolific and fecund can be used in similar contexts, but prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction.

a prolific writer

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The first known use of fecund was in the 15th century

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“Fecund.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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