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1. incapable of reproducing;
- Example: "an infertile couple"
[syn: sterile, unfertile, infertile]

2. free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms;
- Example: "a sterile operating area"
- Example: "aseptic surgical instruments"
- Example: "aseptic surgical techniques"
[syn: aseptic, sterile]

3. deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention;
- Example: "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"
- Example: "unimaginative development of a musical theme"
- Example: "uninspired writing"
[syn: sterile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sterile \Ster"ile\, a. [F. st['e]rile, L. sterilis, akin to Gr. stereo`s stiff, solid, stei^ros barren, stei^ra a cow that has not calved, Goth. stair[=o], fem., barren. See Stare to gaze.] 1. Producing little or no crop; barren; unfruitful; unproductive; not fertile; as, sterile land; a sterile desert; a sterile year. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) (a) Incapable of reproduction; unfitted for reproduction of offspring; not able to germinate or bear fruit; unfruitful; as, a sterile flower, which bears only stamens. (b) Free from reproductive spores or germs; as, a sterile fluid. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Barren of ideas; destitute of sentiment; as, a sterile production or author. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sterile adj 1: incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple" [syn: sterile, unfertile, infertile] [ant: fertile] 2: free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms; "a sterile operating area"; "aseptic surgical instruments"; "aseptic surgical techniques" [syn: aseptic, sterile] 3: deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention; "a sterile ideology lacking in originality"; "unimaginative development of a musical theme"; "uninspired writing" [syn: sterile, unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

137 Moby Thesaurus words for "sterile": abortive, acarpous, antiseptic, arid, aseptic, bare, barren, blah, blank, bloodless, boiled, bootless, celibate, characterless, childless, cold, colorless, counterproductive, dead, decontaminated, desert, desolate, disinfected, dismal, draggy, drained, drearisome, dreary, dried-up, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effete, elephantine, empty, etiolated, exhausted, fade, fallow, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, flat, fruitless, futile, gainless, gaunt, gelded, heavy, ho-hum, hollow, hygienic, impotent, inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inexcitable, infecund, infertile, inoperative, insipid, invalid, issueless, jejune, leached, leaden, lifeless, low-spirited, menopausal, noncreative, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, nonremunerative, nugacious, nugatory, of no force, otiose, pale, pallid, pasteurized, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poky, ponderous, profitless, prophylactic, pure, rewardless, sanitary, sine prole, slow, solemn, spiritless, stale, sterilized, stiff, stodgy, stuffy, sucked dry, superficial, tasteless, tedious, teemless, unavailing, uncontaminated, uncreative, uncultivated, unfertile, unfruitful, uninfected, uninspired, uninventive, unlively, unplowed, unpolluted, unproductive, unprofitable, unprolific, unremunerative, unrewarding, unsown, untilled, useless, vain, vapid, virgin, waste, wasted, without issue, wooden, worn-out