I. adjective Date: 1753 of, relating to, or capable of reproduction <
highly reproductive wild geese
reproductively adverb II. noun Date: 1934 an actual or potential parent; specifically a sexually functional social insect

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  • reproductive — re•pro•duc•tive [[t]ˌri prəˈdʌk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) serving to reproduce 2) concerned with or pertaining to reproduction: reproductive organs; the reproductive process[/ex] • Etymology: 1745–55 re pro•duc′tive•ly, adv. re pro•duc′tive•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • reproductive — adjective producing new life or offspring the reproductive potential of a species is its relative capacity to reproduce itself under optimal conditions the reproductive or generative organs • Syn: ↑generative, ↑procreative • Similar to: ↑fruitful …   Useful english dictionary

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