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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
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Examples from the web for productivity
  • Factory employment has been slower to recover than output, since productivity has risen.
  • So remember that rising productivity means getting more output for less input.
  • The numerator of the productivity equation, output, is hopelessly vague for services.
  • But as productivity soared, wages and job opportunities stagnated.
  • Total factor productivity attempts to measure the overall productivity of the inputs used by a firm or a country.
  • productivity elsewhere doubled or tripled over the same period.
  • The artist's productivity soared in his new surroundings.
  • Marta is not my only neighbor who is outraged by the productivity of her tomato plants.
  • The lighting was cut back to normal and productivity still went up.
  • Over the long run economic growth depends on two things: increases in the supply and productivity of labour.
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
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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.

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