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prolific adjective
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pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik
\
Definition of prolific
1: producing young or fruit especially freely : FRUITFUL
2archaic : causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
3: marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity
a prolific composer
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prolificacy \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​kə-​sē
\ noun
prolifically \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē
\ adverb
prolificness \ prə-​ˈli-​fik-​nəs
\ noun
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Synonyms
cornucopian, fat, fecund, fertile, fructuous, fruitful, lush, luxuriant, productive, rich
Antonyms
barren, dead, infertile, sterile, unfertile, unfruitful, unproductive
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FERTILE, FECUND, FRUITFUL, PROLIFIC mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. FERTILE implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination FECUND emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd FRUITFUL adds to FERTILE and FECUND the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful researchPROLIFIC stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer
Examples of prolific in a Sentence
Since [David] Mamet is a prolific writer of Hollywood screenplays, there are today more people who know his work than know that they know it.
— Juliet Fleming, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Feb. 2000
The main rival to his pneumonia was the prolific thrush which went into his throat and stomach.
— Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, 1993
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In 1927, Schiaparelli launched a fashion business out of her apartment, quickly expanding it and becoming more prolific and inventive.
— Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 8 July 2021
Social media has dramatically altered how our culture functions, and social media audiences now serve as very effective, efficient, and prolific innovators of culture.
— Ellevate, Forbes, 5 July 2021
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prolific.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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First Known Use of prolific
1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for prolific
French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic
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“Prolific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolific. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.
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prolific adjective
English Language Learners Definition of prolific
: producing a large amount of something
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prolific adjective
pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik
\
Kids Definition of prolific
1: very inventive or productive
a prolific writer
2: producing young or fruit in large numbers
a prolific fruit tree
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