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reproductive

[ree-pruh-duhk-tiv] /ˌri prəˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to reproduce.
2.
concerned with or pertaining to reproduction:
a reproductive process; reproductive organs.
noun
3.
Entomology. a sexually mature male or female termite; a member of the reproductive caste.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; re- + productive
Related forms
reproductively, adverb
reproductiveness, noun
nonreproductive, adjective
nonreproductively, adverb
nonreproductiveness, noun
unreproductive, adjective
unreproductively, adverb
unreproductiveness, noun
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Examples from the web for reproductive
  • Gardeners cultivate many plants primarily for their flowers--but to botanists, a flower is simply a plant's reproductive unit.
  • Dark-Age laws would still deny to her the knowledge of her reproductive nature.
  • The intelligence of a people is of slow evolutional development-it lags far behind the reproductive ability.
  • It shows itself in the dream not only reproductive, but productive.
  • Plus, the thing that really sets them apart is the reproductive structure in the center of the flower, which is called the column.
  • So the researchers have been studying what reproductive barriers or ecological conditions are in play that prevent hybridization.
  • And why other birds let it get away with that sort of behavior, in the face of their own reproductive losses.
  • For the evolutionary biologists, we're all subject to the reproductive tastes that favored our hunting and gathering ancestors.
  • Other reproductive health services refuse to release information to parents, or even require parental consent.
  • Even during the spawning season, its reproductive system remains immature.
British Dictionary definitions for reproductive

reproductive

/ˌriːprəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, characteristic of, or taking part in reproduction
Derived Forms
reproductively, adverb
reproductiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reproductive
adj.

1753; see reproduce + -ive. In U.S., reproductive rights attested from 1970.

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reproductive in Medicine

reproductive re·pro·duc·tive (rē'prə-dŭk'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to reproduction.

  2. Tending to reproduce.

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