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a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of female animals.
b. Often Offensive Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of women.
2. Not producing or incapable of producing fruit: barren trees.
3. Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation: barren tundra.
4. Unproductive of results or gains; unprofitable: "That icy winter silence—how it froze you from your bride, / Tho' I made one barren effort to break it at the last!" (Alfred Lord Tennyson). See Synonyms at futile.
5. Devoid of something specified: writing barren of insight.
6. Lacking in liveliness or interest: a barren routine.
often barrens A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.

[Middle English barreine, from Old French brahaigne, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

bar′ren·ly adv.
bar′ren·ness n.
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Those who had saved my life, whom, till this hour, I had loved barrenly, I could now benefit.
To some degree the later <<Renaissance>> Humanist reaction against mere logicism was an attempt to reinfuse the arts with earlier literary, historical and Christian concerns, in order to ensure that lay education was not just barrenly technical (12).
Culture without information means "to allow theory to function abstractly, barrenly, to cut it off from reality" (Firoiu 1971: 284), and thus let it plunge head-on into illusion.