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fer·tile / ˈfərtl/ • adj. (of soil or land) producing or capable of producing abundant vegetation or crops: fields along the fertile flood plains of the river. ∎  (of a seed or egg) capable of becoming a new individual. ∎  (of a person, animal, or plant) able to conceive young or produce seed. ∎  (of a person's mind or imagination) producing many new and inventive ideas with ease. ∎  (of a situation or subject) fruitful and productive in generating new ideas: a series of fertile debates within the social sciences. ∎  Physics (of nuclear material) able to become fissile by the capture of neutrons. DERIVATIVES: fer·til·i·ty / fərˈtilitē/ n.

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