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The ability or inability to have or make a baby

barren

adjective

a woman who is barren cannot have babies

childless

adjective

not having any children

fertility

noun

a woman’s ability to have babies

fertility

noun

used about traditions and ceremonies that encourage fertility

fruitful

adjective

producing a lot of children

infertile

adjective

not physically able to have children

infertility

noun

someone’s lack of the physical ability to have children

sterile

adjective

someone who is sterile is not able to produce children

sterility

noun

be firing/shooting blanks

used for saying that a man is unable to make a woman pregnant

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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