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sterileadjective

uk   /ˈster.aɪl/  us   /ˈster.əl/
  • sterile adjective (UNABLE TO PRODUCE)

(of a living being) unable to produce young, or (of land) unable to produce plants or crops: Mules are usually sterile. One of the side effects of the drug could be to make men sterile.
having no imagination, new ideas, or energy: a sterile argument
  • sterile adjective (CLEAN)

completely clean and free from dirt and bacteria: The operation must be carried out under sterile conditions.
(Definition of sterile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sterileadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈster·əl/
(of a person or animal) unable to produce young, or of land unable to produce plants or crops: It was a small oasis surrounded by sterile desert.
free from bacteria: Medical equipment must be kept sterile.
lacking in imagination, ideas, or enthusiasm: Suburban housing developments are often sterile environments.
(Definition of sterile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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