[ proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐ ]
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  1. 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.

  2. Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced: Productivity increased dramatically last year.

  1. Grammar. the ability to form new words using established patterns and discrete linguistic elements, as the derivational affixes -ness and -ity,

Origin of productivity

First recorded in 1800–10; productiv(e) + -ity

Other words from productivity

  • an·ti·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, adjective, noun
  • non·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, noun
  • sem·i·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, noun
  • un·pro·duc·tiv·i·ty, noun

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How to use productivity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for productivity


/ (ˌprɒdʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

  1. the output of an industrial concern in relation to the materials, labour, etc, it employs

  2. the state of being productive

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Cultural definitions for productivity


In business, a measure of worker efficiency, such as one hundred units per hour. In economics, involvement in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth.

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