- having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.
- producing readily or abundantly; fertile: a productive vineyard.
- causing; bringing about (usually followed by of): conditions productive of crime and sin.
- Economics. producing or tending to produce goods and services having exchange value.
- Grammar. (of derivational affixes or patterns) readily used in forming new words, as the suffix -ness.
- (in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of speaking and writing (opposed to receptive).
Origin of productive
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Examples from the Web for productively
The rest will be left cold, and not in a productively negative way, either.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing
May 20, 2013
We know that children who attended prekindergarten are more likely to be productively employed at 25.America’s Dangerous Tech Gap
September 24, 2012
Just when I had come to understand the site and use it productively both professionally and personally I was denied.Facebook Kicked Me Out
February 16, 2009
Of course the capital of a country must be productively employed.A Set of Six
And note that both hands are productively employed with shorter distances to travel for stock and with decreased effort.The Knack of Managing
Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
In past times wealth was largely accumulated in the hands of the nobility, who had no thought of using it productively.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century
To-day they decide to ‘save’ part of the surplus value and to invest it productively instead of squandering it.The Accumulation of Capital
And the converse would also be possible, B might squander it, and A might employ it productively.On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation
- producing or having the power to produce; fertile
- yielding favourable or effective results
- producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange valueproductive assets
- of or relating to such productionthe productive processes of an industry
- (postpositive foll by of) resulting inproductive of good results
- denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
Word Origin and History for productively
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.
- Producing or capable of producing mucus or sputum.
- Forming new tissue, as of an inflammation.