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[fi-kuhn-di-tee] /fɪˈkʌn dɪ ti/
the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
the capacity of abundant production:
fecundity of imagination.
Origin of fecundity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcunditās fruitfulness, fertility. See fecund, -ity
Related forms
nonfecundity, noun
superfecundity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fecundity
  • Were not this the case, the fecundity of nature would be a grievance instead of a blessing.
  • Studies show that females constantly hounded by suitors have lower fecundity.
  • All in thirteen years: an extraordinary period of fecundity and journalistic adventurousness.
  • And part is the idea that fecundity breeds familiarity-a genuine point of connection with voters.
  • Anything that affects fecundity is a prime target for adaptation.
  • Indeed it may be possible that late life fecundity may well be a cause and not an effect of longevity.
  • However, this doesn't address why human fecundity wasn't also extended as well.
  • Demographers tell us that human fecundity increases in time of war and other catastrophe.
  • We studied the survival, growth and fecundity of adults fed each chemical type.
British Dictionary definitions for fecundity


fertility; fruitfulness
intellectual fruitfulness; creativity
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Word Origin and History for fecundity

early 15c., from Latin fecunditatem (nominative fecunditas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fecundus (see fecund).

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fecundity in Medicine

fecundity fe·cun·di·ty (fĭ-kŭn'dĭ-tē)
The capacity for producing offspring, especially in abundance.

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