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  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

First recorded in 1920–25; non- + productive
Related formsnon·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverbnon·pro·duc·tive·ness, non·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty [non-proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, -prod-uh k-] /ˌnɒn proʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, -prɒd ək-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for non-productive


  1. (of workers) not directly responsible for producing goods
  2. having disappointing results; unproductive
Derived Formsnonproductiveness, nounnonproductivity (ˌnɒnprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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