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Definition 1: incapable of reproducing - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where sterile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an infertile couple

Synonyms for sterile in the sense of this definition

(sterile is similar to ...) not bearing offspring

"a barren woman" "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

(sterile is similar to ...) made infertile

(sterile is similar to ...) not having been fertilized

"an unfertilized egg"

(means also ...) not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production

(means also ...) lacking power or ability

"Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent" "felt impotent rage"

(means also ...) not producing or capable of producing

"elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

(... are attributes of sterile) the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring

Definition 2: free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sterile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sterile operating area
  • aseptic surgical instruments
  • aseptic surgical techniques

Synonyms for sterile in the sense of this definition

(sterile is similar to ...) thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms

"doctors in antiseptic green coats" "the antiseptic effect of alcohol" "it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"

Definition 3: deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sterile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sterile ideology lacking in originality
  • unimaginative development of a musical theme
  • uninspired writing

Synonyms for sterile in the sense of this definition

(sterile is similar to ...) not creative

"an uncreative imagination"

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