from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition, quality, or degree of being fertile.
- n. The birthrate of a population.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition, or the degree, of being fertile.
- n. The birthrate of a population; the number of live births per 1000 people per year.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being fertile or fruitful; fruitfulness; productiveness; fecundity; richness; abundance of resources; fertile invention; quickness; readiness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being fertile or fruitful; the quality of producing in abundance: fecundity; productiveness: as, the fertility of land, or (more rarely) of a breed of animals, a race of men, or an individual.
- n. Prolific invention; abundance of resources; mental affluence: as, the fertility of genius or imagination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year
- n. the state of being fertile; capable of producing offspring
- n. the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth
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_ They are thus both encouraged and enabled to increase this surplus produce by a further improvement and better cultivation of the land; and _as the fertility of the land has given birth to the manufacture, so the progress of the manufacture reacts upon the land, and increases still further its fertility_.
Today’s fall in fertility is both very large and very fast.
People such as Steyn that talk about collapse usually refer to demographic and cultural factors, not economic ones (Steyn also does not seem to understand that white-non Hispanic fertility is as low in the US as in most Europe).
Mexican fertility is declining so fast we may run out of them.
After all, look at when we had a huge jump in fertility, the 20 year 'baby boom', a time of very low immigration!
The streams are so low in fertility that the few that do survive don't do well.
— If They Don 't Look at It Notwithstanding a few oldsters sitting in fertility clinics with their young wives, baby boomers are pretty much done with reproduction.
Well for those with a mere grade school education, fertility is a major component of public health.
If fertility is not a medical problem, then dunno what is.
The little discussion that I have read about the causes of lower fertility is mostly about women delaying or forgoing pregnancy because they have entered the workforce.