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English adjective: breeding

1. breeding producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring

SamplesThe breeding population.
Retained a few bulls for breeding purposes.



English noun: breeding

1. breeding (attribute) elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

Synonymsgenteelness, gentility

Broader (hypernym)elegance

2. breeding (attribute) the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)

SamplesA woman of breeding and refinement.

Synonymseducation, training

Broader (hypernym)upbringing

3. breeding (act) helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

SamplesThey debated whether nature or nurture was more important.

Synonymsbringing up, fosterage, fostering, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing

Broader (hypernym)acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization

4. breeding (act) the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization

Broader (hypernym)production

Narrower (hyponym)autosexing, cattle breeding, dog breeding, horse breeding

5. breeding (act) the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

Synonymsfacts of life, procreation, reproduction

Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

Narrower (hyponym)crossbreeding, generation, interbreeding, miscegenation, multiplication, propagation

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