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).
- pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
- pro·duc·tive·ness, noun
- pro·duc·tiv·i·ty [proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee], /ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, noun
- an·ti·pro·duc·tive, adjective
- an·ti·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
- sem·i·pro·duc·tive, adjective
- sem·i·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
- un·pro·duc·tive, adjective
- un·pro·duc·tive·ly, adverb
- un·pro·duc·tive·ness, noun
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How to use productive in a sentence
If anything, Jan Morris was a more productive writer than James had been.Jan Morris, artful travel writer who broke many boundaries, dies at 94 | Matt Schudel | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Their scattered workforces, even in the midst of a stressful pandemic while shouldering extra burdens like childcare, have been remarkably productive.Why remote work may be hardest on junior employees | Erika Fry | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
He was focused enough to remain productive even with his life in crisis.The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung - Issue 93: Forerunners | Paul Halpern | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
“If you spend an hour a day online, that’s 365 hours that year that you could have been doing god knows what with that time that would have been really more productive,” he said.How to detox from election anxiety, according to mental health experts | Allyson Chiu | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
School is where Katie feels most productive, so school has always been where Katie wants to be.This AI whiz could be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, but first she has to navigate being 18 | Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
The rest will be left cold, and not in a productively negative way, either.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing | Ben Greenman | May 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, yes, there may be one or two other matters on which lawmakers could be more productively expending time and energy.Obamacare 37, Republicans 0: House GOP Loses Again on Repeal Vote | Michelle Cottle | May 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
All I know is: this is a discussion Republicans * must * have , and I'll be doing my utmost to contribute productively to it.
We know that children who attended prekindergarten are more likely to be productively employed at 25.
I am pretty dexterous with my left and can make it look I can do things productively for script and stuff.Mayim Bialik On Her First Emmy Nomination, for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ | Maria Elena Fernandez | August 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In past times wealth was largely accumulated in the hands of the nobility, who had no thought of using it productively.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century | Charles Morris
To-day they decide to ‘save’ part of the surplus value and to invest it productively instead of squandering it.The Accumulation of Capital | Rosa Luxemburg
And the converse would also be possible, B might squander it, and A might employ it productively.On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation | David Ricardo
By increasing the cost of production, a portion of the labour of the country is less productively employed.On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation | David Ricardo
In fact, she was rarely receptively humorous and never productively so.The Red City | S. Weir Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for productive
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 value: productive assets
of or relating to such production: the productive processes of an industry
(postpositive foll by of) resulting in: productive of good results
denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
- productively, adverb
- productiveness, noun
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