In reality,” Francis said, “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity.
Making peace with your enemies can be pragmatic and lasting; making peace by ignoring their enmity is foolish and sterile.
She showed her sterile bedroom, complete with home respirators that bubbled in the background.
As long as the subject is single, an orphan, an only child, sterile and impotent.
Doctors and nurses were not sterile brainiacs, but people trying to figure out life while helping other people do the same.
He would lie editing his sterile memories of her into glowing once-upon-a-times.
His small farm was sterile, and yielded grudgingly its annual crops.
The present system merely leads to the transmission of the sterile art of passing examinations.
There was about an acre of land, rocky and sterile, attached to it.
sterile flowers composed of shield-shaped scale-like filaments bearing 2–4 anther-cells under the lower margin.
early 15c., "barren" (implied in sterility), from Middle French stérile "not producing fruit," from Latin sterilis "barren, unproductive," from PIE *ster- "sterile, barren" originally "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek steresthai "be deprived of," steira "sterile," stereos "firm, solid, stiff, hard;" Sanskrit starih "a barren cow;" Old Church Slavonic sterica "a barren cow;" Gothic stairo "barren;" Old Norse stirtla "a barren cow"). See torpor. Originally in English with reference to soil; of females, from 1530s. The sense of "sterilized" is first recorded 1877.
sterile ster·ile (stěr'əl, -īl')
Not producing or incapable of producing offspring.
Free from all live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores.