fertile

The word fertile means "able to reproduce," but like so many words, that's just the beginning. The fact that she gave birth to eight kids was proof that she was fertile; her fertile imagination explained their unusual names.

The distance between fertile's literal meaning (able to make babies) and its figurative ones (productive, prolific, full of potential) is small. A child's mind is a fertile place; an idea can grow there very easily. Rabbits are famously fertile creatures; they can spawn several generations in a matter of months. And "fertile ground" can be arable land or a situation that provides the perfect opportunity. The Latin root, fertilis, means "bearing in abundance, fruitful, or productive," from ferre, "to bear."

Definitions of fertile
  1. adjective
    capable of reproducing
    Synonyms:
    conceptive, impregnable
    capable of conceiving
    fecund
    capable of producing offspring or vegetation
    fertilizable
    capable of being fertilized
    rank
    very fertile; producing profuse growth
    fruitful
    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
    potent, stiff, strong
    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    productive
    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
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    Antonyms:
    infertile, sterile, unfertile
    incapable of reproducing
    barren
    not bearing offspring
    sterilised, sterilized
    made infertile
    unfertilised, unfertilized, unimpregnated
    not having been fertilized
    unfruitful
    not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production
    impotent
    lacking power or ability
    unproductive
    not producing or capable of producing
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  2. adjective
    bearing in abundance especially offspring
    synonyms: prolific
    fruitful
    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
  3. adjective
    marked by great fruitfulness
    fertile farmland”
    synonyms: fat, productive, rich
    fruitful
    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
  4. adjective
    intellectually productive
    synonyms: fecund, prolific
    productive
    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
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