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 for sterile
From 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]

From 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]

From 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
  
  

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