adjective pro·lif·ic \prə-ˈli-fik\

: producing a large amount of something

Full Definition of PROLIFIC

:  producing young or fruit especially freely :  fruitful
archaic :  causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
:  marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity <a prolific composer>
pro·lif·i·ca·cy \-ˈli-fi-kə-sē\ noun
pro·lif·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
pro·lif·ic·ness \-fik-nəs\ noun

Examples of PROLIFIC

  1. 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

Origin of PROLIFIC

French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic
First Known Use: 1650

Synonym Discussion of PROLIFIC

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 research>. prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction <a prolific writer>.

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
PROLIFIC Defined for Kids


adjective pro·lif·ic \prə-ˈli-fik\

Definition of PROLIFIC for Kids

:  very inventive or productive <a prolific writer>
:  producing young or fruit in large numbers <a prolific fruit tree>


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