Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or power of producing abundantly; fruitfulness or fertility.
  • n. Productive or creative power: fecundity of the mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ability to produce offspring.
  • n. Ability to cause growth.
  • n. Number, rate, or capacity of offspring production.
  • n. Rate of production of young by a female.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or power of producing fruit; fruitfulness; especially (Biol.), the quality in female organisms of reproducing rapidly and in great numbers.
  • n. The power of germinating; as in seeds.
  • n. The power of bringing forth in abundance; fertility; richness of invention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fruitfulness; the quality of propagating abundantly; particularly, the quality in female animals of producing young in great numbers.
  • n. The power of germinating: as, the seeds of some plants long retain their fecundity.
  • n. Productiveness in general; the power of creating or bringing forth; fertility, as of invention.
  • n. Synonyms Productiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the intellectual productivity of a creative imagination
  • n. the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth
  • n. the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring

Etymologies

From Latin fēcunditās ("fruitfulness, fertility"), from fēcundus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The driving force behind all this fecundity is a terrible pressure I also must consider, the pressure of birth and growth, the pressure that squeezes out the egg and bursts the pupa, that hungers and lusts and drives the creature relentlessly toward its own death.

    Nature & Environment

  • Bad that such a situation has come to pass as IG so well highlights, this woman has so many children by so many fathers, and that her fecundity is funded by us.

    Shannon Matthews « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • It stirred … but not by itself, for fecundity is not enough.

    John M. Ford: gone | Diane Duane's weblog: "Out of Ambit"

  • No, in the plant world, and especially among the flowering plants, fecundity is not an assault on human values.

    Nature & Environment

  • In an editorial for the New England Journal of Medicine they declared, "If the decline in fecundity after 30 is as great as the French investigation indicates, new guidelines for counseling on reproduction may have to be formulated."

    Delayed Childbearing

  • One explanation only can be given, namely, that the perfection we call fecundity must needs be found in God the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner

  • Scientists have easily constructed such experiments with animals, and all the animal data support the hypothesis of an age-linked decline in fecundity.

    Delayed Childbearing

  • Demographers continue to debate interpretations of fertility figures and to question one another's methodologies and theoretical assumptions regarding the measurement of age-specific declines in fecundity.

    Delayed Childbearing

  • As to the name Shadday -- which is found sometimes alone, and at oher times in connection with 'El (' El Shadday) -- it was originally an adjective conveying possibly the idea of fecundity (Gen., xvii, 1; xlix, 25) or of highness (Ps., xci, 1); at a later period the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The number of children by these marriages was 1437, -- more than five to a peer, -- more than 4.3 to a marriage, -- more, that is to say, than the average number in those counties of England in which, according to Mr Sadler's own statement, the fecundity is the greatest.

    Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches — Volume 2

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