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nonproductive

[non-pruh-duhk-tiv] /ˌnɒn prəˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
not productive; unproductive.
2.
not worthwhile or beneficial; not leading to practical or beneficial results.
3.
not producing goods directly, as employees in charge of personnel or inspectors.
Origin of nonproductive
1920-1925
1920-25; non- + productive
Related forms
nonproductively, adverb
nonproductiveness, nonproductivity
[non-proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, -prod-uh k-] /ˌnɒn proʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, -prɒd ək-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Besides the overhead of slaves and nonproductive brewers, the establishment required the services of two coopers at 20 per year.

  • They are classed as nonproductive workers, therefore their salary scales are lower than those for productive workers.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for nonproductive

nonproductive

/ˌnɒnprəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
(of workers) not directly responsible for producing goods
2.
having disappointing results; unproductive
Derived Forms
nonproductiveness, noun
nonproductivity (ˌnɒnprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) noun
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