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Synonyms for sterile
ˈstɛr ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪlster·ile

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  1. sterileadjective

    barren, infertile

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sterile

    barren, unfruitful, unproductive, desert, infertile

    fruitful, fertile, productive, luxuriant, exuberant, cultivated

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sterile, unfertile, infertileadjective

    incapable of reproducing

    "an infertile couple"

    uninspired, uninventive, unfertile, unimaginative, infertile, aseptic

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

  2. aseptic, sterileadjective

    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, uninventiveadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sterileadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sterileadjective

    barren, infecund, unproductive, unfruitful, unprolific

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  1. Jodi Sherman:

    You certainly need to use sterile and disposable goods.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Perfection seems sterile; it is final, no mystery in it; it's a product of an assembly line.

  3. Benjamin Arbuckle:

    Since hybrids are usually sterile, it means there was a remarkable level of energy devoted to constantly capturing and raising wild onagers, breeding them with domestic donkeys and then training these teams of prestigious kungas( which would only last for one generation).

  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. Piara Powar:

    In England, our stadiums are far safer, they're better stewarded, there are policing operations which are quite sophisticated, and actually some would argue that it's gone too far. Some would argue that those stadiums are quite sterile, that they lack the passion they once did.

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