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productive

[pruh-duhk-tiv] /prəˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the power of producing; generative; creative:
a productive effort.
2.
producing readily or abundantly; fertile:
a productive vineyard.
3.
causing; bringing about (usually followed by of):
conditions productive of crime and sin.
4.
Economics, producing or tending to produce goods and services having exchange value.
5.
Grammar. (of derivational affixes or patterns) readily used in forming new words, as the suffix -ness.
6.
(in language learning) of or pertaining to the language skills of speaking and writing (opposed to receptive).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin productīvus. See product, -ive
Related forms
productively, adverb
productiveness, noun
productivity
[proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
antiproductive, adjective
antiproductively, adverb
antiproductiveness, noun
quasi-productive, adjective
quasi-productively, adverb
semiproductive, adjective
semiproductively, adverb
semiproductiveness, noun
unproductive, adjective
unproductively, adverb
unproductiveness, noun
Synonyms
2. fecund. Productive, fertile, fruitful, prolific apply to the generative aspect of something. Productive refers to a generative source of continuing activity: productive soil; a productive influence. Fertile applies to that in which seeds, literal or figurative, take root: fertile soil; a fertile imagination. Fruitful refers to that which has already produced and is capable of further production: fruitful soil, discovery, theory. Prolific means highly productive: a prolific farm, writer.
Antonyms
2. sterile.
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Examples from the web for unproductive
  • Remove older, unproductive branches, cutting back to new branches.
  • It's easy for us to let our anger drive us in unproductive directions.
  • Evidently, years of misuse and overuse had made the land unproductive.
  • It was a stage necessarily unproductive, but of great importance notwithstanding, in the work of development.
  • It would be humiliating to ring at once for the pageboy to bear my unproductive box back to its niche.
  • First, the notion that government is fundamentally inefficient and unproductive has become conventional wisdom.
  • But as any seasoned executive will tell you, the boss who refuses to delegate will be not only unhappy, but unproductive.
  • It's good for farmland for a few years and then it starts to become unproductive.
  • The real argument against marijuana is that it makes you lazy and unproductive.
  • Feeding starving millions in an unproductive environment will not produce a functioning society to support them.
British Dictionary definitions for unproductive

unproductive

/ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
(often foll by of) not productive of (anything)
2.
not producing goods and services with exchange value
Derived Forms
unproductively, adverb
unproductiveness, noun

productive

/prəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
producing or having the power to produce; fertile
2.
yielding favourable or effective results
3.
(economics)
  1. producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange value: productive assets
  2. of or relating to such production: the productive processes of an industry
4.
(postpositive) foll by of. resulting in: productive of good results
5.
denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
Derived Forms
productively, adverb
productiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unproductive
adj.

1756, from un- (1) "not" + productive.

productive

adj.

1610s, from French productif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin productivus "fit for production," from Latin product-, past participle stem of producere (see produce (v.)). Related: Productively; productiveness.

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unproductive in Medicine

productive pro·duc·tive (prə-dŭk'tĭv, prō-)
adj.

  1. Producing or capable of producing mucus or sputum.

  2. Forming new tissue, as of an inflammation.

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