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[proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐] /ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌprɒd ʌk‐/
the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services:
The productivity of the group's effort surprised everyone.
Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced:
Productivity increased dramatically last year.
Grammar. the ability to form new words using established patterns and discrete linguistic elements, as the derivational affixes -ness and -ity .
Related forms
antiproductivity, adjective, noun
nonproductivity, noun
semiproductivity, noun
unproductivity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • River flood-plains are almost always densely peopled because of their productivity.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • There is a waste of time and productivity in all of the grades of the elementary schools.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • The productivity, the adaptability of the American economy is the solid foundation-stone of our security structure.

  • The intrinsic relation of productivity is the same in both cases.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • In the feminine soul conflict apparently results not in tragedy and productivity, but in morbidness and hysteria.

British Dictionary definitions for productivity


the output of an industrial concern in relation to the materials, labour, etc, it employs
the state of being productive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for productivity

1809, "quality of being productive," from productive + -ity. An earlier word for this was productiveness (1727). Economic sense of "rate of output per unit" is from 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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productivity in Culture

productivity definition

In business, a measure of worker efficiency, such as one hundred units per hour. In economics, involvement in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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