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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

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 relating to the language skills of speaking and writing (opposed to receptive).
Origin of productive
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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British Dictionary definitions for productivities

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

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 productivities

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.

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.

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productivities 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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productivities 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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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