[ non-pruh-duhk-tiv ]
/ ˌnɒn prəˈdʌk tɪv /
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.
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Origin of nonproductive
[ proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐ ]
/ ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌprɒd ʌk‐ /
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.
Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced: Productivity increased dramatically last year.
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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Examples from the Web for non-productivity
The economic loss through the non-productivity of 20,000 drunkards is equal to one Chicago fire involving two hundred millions.A Man's Value to Society|Newell Dwight Hillis
As far as his art creations show, this was a period of non-productivity.Wagner as I Knew Him|Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
/ (ˌnɒnprəˈdʌktɪv) /
(of workers) not directly responsible for producing goods
having disappointing results; unproductive
/ (ˌprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) /
the output of an industrial concern in relation to the materials, labour, etc, it employs
the state of being productive
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