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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

productivity

[proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐] /ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌprɒd ʌk‐/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced:
Productivity increased dramatically last year.
3.
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
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Examples from the Web for non-productivity
Historical Examples
  • The economic loss through the non-productivity of 20,000 drunkards is equal to one Chicago fire involving two hundred millions.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • As far as his art creations show, this was a period of non-productivity.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
British Dictionary definitions for non-productivity

nonproductive

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

productivity

/ˌprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the output of an industrial concern in relation to the materials, labour, etc, it employs
2.
the state of being productive
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Word Origin and History for non-productivity

productivity

n.

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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non-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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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