not productive; unproductive.
not worthwhile or beneficial; not leading to practical or beneficial results.
not producing goods directly, as employees in charge of personnel or inspectors.
- non·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
- non·pro·duc·tive·ness, non·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty [non-proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, -prod-uhk-], /ˌnɒn proʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, -prɒd ək-/, noun
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How to use nonproductive in a sentence
Here also the arbitrary and non-productive style of teaching ran strongly counter to me at every step.Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel | Friedrich Froebel
They make demands on the organism for nourishment, and are thus in the position of non-productive members of a working family.Parallel Paths | Thomas William Rolleston
It is the study of human action as productive, or non-productive, of some certain general good.Is Life Worth Living? | William Hurrell Mallock
By these means they buy cheaply, and there is no non-productive middle man to make a profit.A Rational Wages System | Henry Atkinson
And it is these same conditions which support the statement of Féré and Ellis, that he is generally a celibate and non-productive.A Plea for the Criminal | James Leslie Allan Kayll
British Dictionary definitions for nonproductive
(of workers) not directly responsible for producing goods
having disappointing results; unproductive
- nonproductiveness, noun
- nonproductivity (ˌnɒnprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ), noun
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