1. not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.


  1. not capable of producing offspring; sterile
  2. (of land) not productive; barren

1590s, from French infertile (late 15c.), from Late Latin infertilis “unfruitful,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + fertilis (see fertile).


  1. Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.

  1. Not capable of reproducing.
  2. Not capable of developing into a complete organism, as infertile eggs.
  3. Relating to soil or land that is not capable of supporting or is unfavorable to the growth of plants.

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