Sterile Definition

stĕrəl, -īl
Incapable of producing others of its kind; barren.
Webster's New World
Producing little or nothing; unfruitful.
Sterile soil, a sterile policy.
Webster's New World
Unable or failing to bear fruit or spores, as a plant, or to germinate, as a seed.
Webster's New World
Lacking in interest or vitality; not stimulating or effective.
A sterile style.
Webster's New World
Free from living microorganisms; esp., aseptic.
Webster's New World

Origin of Sterile

  • From Middle French stérile, from Latin sterilis (“barren, futile"). See also Ancient Greek στεῖρα (steira).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sterilis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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