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productivity

[proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐]
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  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.
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Related formsan·ti·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, adjective, nounnon·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, nounsem·i·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, nounun·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for productivity

productivity

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 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

productivity in Culture

productivity

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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