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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
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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  • The discussions tend to be nonproductive and divisive, but they occur because of professors who disparage teaching-only faculty.
  • Ernest's parents were saddled with a nonproductive farm and apparently heavily in debt.
  • In some people, the first symptom of asthma is a nonproductive cough.
  • Certain human tendencies and behaviors are clearly nonproductive and maladaptive.
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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