- having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.
- producing readily or abundantly; fertile: a productive vineyard.
- causing; bringing about (usually followed by of): conditions productive of crime and sin.
- Economics. producing or tending to produce goods and services having exchange value.
- Grammar. (of derivational affixes or patterns) readily used in forming new words, as the suffix -ness.
- (in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of speaking and writing (opposed to receptive).
Origin of productive
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Examples from the Web for productive
On Nov. 1, when Brittany ends her short but productive life, I will be thanking God for her remarkable and courageous example.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
In order for the populace to lead balanced and productive lives, manipulative forces must provide scripted risk.They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming
September 14, 2014
Putin has hinted publicly that he favors Tymoshenko, noting they had a productive relationship when she was prime minister.Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will
April 12, 2014
The 113th Congress has been among the least productive in history.These Guys Need a Raise?
April 10, 2014
And now as a free man, Kenneth does everything in his power to guide his clients in productive paths out of violence.If Gun Violence Is A Disease, These People Might Just Be The Cure
April 1, 2014
These meetings were productive of great good to the community and to individuals.Biography of a Slave
Your applying, however, to Reginald can be productive only of good to all parties.Lady Susan
But, to pursue the subject will be productive of no benefit, so we will let it drop.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
They will see that woman was the equal, if not superior, to man in productive activity.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
No other State has so little waste land or is so productive.The Railroad Question
- producing or having the power to produce; fertile
- yielding favourable or effective results
- producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange valueproductive assets
- of or relating to such productionthe productive processes of an industry
- (postpositive foll by of) resulting inproductive of good results
- denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
Word Origin and History for productive
1610s, from French productif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin productivus "fit for production," from Latin product-, past participle stem of producere (see produce (v.)). Related: Productively; productiveness.
- Producing or capable of producing mucus or sputum.
- Forming new tissue, as of an inflammation.