(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. sterility, unproductiveness, infecundity, infertility, childlessness, effeteness, impotence, desolateness, unfruitfulness, bleakness, emptiness, aridness, aridity, agenesis, unfructuosity.
Ant. fertility*, fruitfulness, richness.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The state or condition of being unable to reproduce sexually: infertility, sterility, sterilization. See REPRODUCTION, RICH. 2. Empty, unfilled space: emptiness, nothingness, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, void. See FULL. 3. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance: blankness, emptiness, hollowness, inanity, vacancy, vacuity, vacuousness. See FULL.

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