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[ree-pruh-duhk-tiv] /ˌri prəˈdʌk tɪv/
serving to reproduce.
concerned with or pertaining to reproduction:
a reproductive process; reproductive organs.
Entomology. a sexually mature male or female termite; a member of the reproductive caste.
Origin of reproductive
1745-55; re- + productive
Related forms
reproductively, adverb
reproductiveness, noun
nonreproductive, adjective
nonreproductively, adverb
nonreproductiveness, noun
unreproductive, adjective
unreproductively, adverb
unreproductiveness, noun Unabridged
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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


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

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)

  1. Of or relating to reproduction.

  2. Tending to reproduce.

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