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Definition of Sterile

Sterile

  1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year.
  2. Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens.
  3. Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid.
  4. Fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author.

Sterile Quotations

We are raising today's children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests.
Darell Hammond

Our English language really says if you're not a theist, the only alternative is to be an atheist. What I'm trying to do is develop a language that will enable us to talk about God beyond the, what I think, are sterile categories of theism and atheism.
John Shelby Spong

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

One argument against open systems is that they become open to everything, good and bad. Like a Richard Meier skyscraper, the anal retentive, Bauhaus elegance of the Mac does prevent the loose ends and confusion of a less sterile environment. But it also prevents fertility. Apple's development must come from within.
Douglas Rushkoff

Have you ever lived in the suburbs? It's sterile. It's nothing. It's wasting your life.
Ed Koch
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Sterile Translations

sterile in Dutch is onvruchtbaar, kiemvrij, steriel
sterile in German is Keimfrei
sterile in Latin is infecundus
sterile in Swedish is steril