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
Besides the overhead of slaves and nonproductive brewers, the establishment required the services of two coopers at 20 per year.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia | C. Malcolm Watkins
They are classed as nonproductive workers, therefore their salary scales are lower than those for productive workers.Area Handbook for Bulgaria | Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
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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