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Acarpous vs. Sterile

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Acarpousadjective

(botany) Not producing fruit; unfruitful; sterile.

Sterileadjective

(uncomparable) Unable to reproduce (or procreate).

Acarpousadjective

Not producing fruit; unfruitful.

Sterileadjective

(figurative) Terse; lacking sentiment or emotional stimulation, as in a manner of speaking.

Acarpousadjective

producing no fruit

Sterileadjective

(figurative) Fruitless, uninspiring, or unproductive.

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Sterileadjective

Germless; free from all living or viable microorganisms.

‘a sterile kitchen table’;

Sterileadjective

Free from dangerous objects, as a zone in an airport that can be only be entered via a security checkpoint.

Sterileadjective

Of weapons: foreign-made and untraceable to the United States.

Sterileadjective

Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year.

Sterileadjective

Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens.

Sterileadjective

Fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author.

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Sterileadjective

incapable of reproducing;

‘an infertile couple’;

Sterileadjective

free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms;

‘a sterile operating area’; ‘aseptic surgical instruments’; ‘aseptic surgical techniques’;

Sterileadjective

deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention;

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

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