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
Fortune Analytics has found the results are split among age groups, with Gen Z struggling the most to stay productive while working remotely.76% of American CEOs say they may shrink office space | Lance Lambert | October 22, 2020 | Fortune
AI and people are engaging in the same sorts of commercially productive activities—but the businesses for which they work are taxed differently depending on who, or what, does the work.It’s time to rethink the legal treatment of robots | Emily Luong | October 22, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Acknowledging your epistemic dependence might even make debate more productive.
It can be productive, especially when using boat sonar to pinpoint shrimp concentrations.14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean | By Bob McNally/Field & Stream | October 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Google parent company Alphabet’s X division—internally called “the moonshot factory”—announced a project called Mineral, launched to develop technologies for a more sustainable, resilient, and productive food system.Alphabet’s New Moonshot Is to Transform How We Grow Food | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | October 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The temperature at which the greatest productiveness is obtained varies from a minimum of 60° Fahrenheit to a maximum of 90°.Guatemala, the country of the future | Charles M. Pepper
The grains seem to show a gradual improvement in productiveness from the very oldest settlements to those of the Bronze period.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe | John M. Tyler
Expressed in financial terms, all duties were imposed “for revenue only,” and estimated in reference to their productiveness.
The reaction of ill-chosen taxes on industry is a hindrance to their productiveness and their growth.
He has closely studied scientific methods of wheat raising, whereby he has greatly enhanced the productiveness of his fields.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman
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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