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Synonyms for sterile
ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertile(adj)

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

    uninspired, uninventive, unfertile, unimaginative, infertile, aseptic

    rank, conceptive, fecund, impregnable, originative, fertilizable, septic, fertile, infected, creative

  2. aseptic, sterile(adj)

    free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms

    "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques"

    uninspired, unfertile, uninventive, unimaginative, infertile, aseptic

    septic, rank, impregnable, infected, creative, conceptive, fertile, fecund, originative, fertilizable

  3. sterile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive(adj)

    deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention

    "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing"

    uninventive, stereotypical, stereotyped, stereotypic, aseptic, unimaginative, unfertile, infertile, uninspired

    conceptive, fecund, infected, creative, fertilizable, septic, rank, originative, impregnable, fertile


  1. sterile(adjective)

    barren, infertile

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sterile

    barren, unfruitful, unproductive, desert, infertile

    fruitful, fertile, productive, luxuriant, exuberant, cultivated

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sterile(a.)

    barren, unfruitful, fruitless, unproductive, unprolific, infecund, addle, ACARPOUS, jejune, poor

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sterile(a)

    barren, infecund, unproductive, unfruitful, unprolific

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sterile":

    barren, infertile, fruitless, tailings, unproductive, germ-free, futile, non-viable, rock, unhelpful, sterility

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How to use sterile in a sentence?

  1. Dorothy DeBolt:

    Of course I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hole up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raise poodles.

  2. Thomas Farley:

    We have n’t seen a public health emergency like this in the last century, it’s time for us to rethink our assumptions, and consider options we had n’t seen before. Unlike similar efforts by other cities, the injection sites would not need City Council approval because they would be privately run. Drug-related overdose deaths began to spoke in 2015 with the presence of fetanyl, according to Philadelphia Public Health. ( Fox News) The sites would give drug addicts a safe haven to shoot up and would offer sterile injection equipment, including needles, and Naloxone. Fox News would also give referrals to treatment centers, social services clinics and wound care facilities. The idea comes as a paradigm shift in the nation’s effort to stem the tide of opioid-related deaths.Seattle and New York have been among places that have mulled similar measures, but the efforts stalled because of either legal or bureaucratic hurdles. Canada and Europe have operated similar types of facilities for the last few decades.

  3. Health Minister Mam Bunheng:

    The Ministry of Health is ensuring health facilities to follow universal precautions and use clean and sterile equipment.

  4. Max Lerner:

    We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.

  5. Mikaela Straus:

    We had dinner and started hanging out a bit and talking about music, you get to meetings and it feels super sterile most of the time, and it was just really nice to talk with somebody who produced some of my favorite records and is just a super fan of music in general.

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