productive

[ pruh-duhk-tiv ]
/ prəˈdʌk tɪv /

adjective

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).

Nearby words

  1. production control,
  2. production line,
  3. production number,
  4. production platform,
  5. production well,
  6. productive cough,
  7. productively,
  8. productivity,
  9. productivity bargaining,
  10. proem

Origin of productive

From the Medieval Latin word productīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See product, -ive

SYNONYMS FOR productive
2. fecund. Productive, fertile, fruitful, prolific apply to the generative aspect of something. Productive refers to a generative source of continuing activity: productive soil; a productive influence. Fertile applies to that in which seeds, literal or figurative, take root: fertile soil; a fertile imagination. Fruitful refers to that which has already produced and is capable of further production: fruitful soil, discovery, theory. Prolific means highly productive: a prolific farm, writer.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for unproductive

unproductive

/ (ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv) /

adjective

(often foll by of) not productive of (anything)
not producing goods and services with exchange value
Derived Formsunproductively, adverbunproductiveness, noun

productive

/ (prəˈdʌktɪv) /

adjective

producing or having the power to produce; fertile
yielding favourable or effective results
economics
  1. producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange valueproductive assets
  2. 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
Derived Formsproductively, adverbproductiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unproductive
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Medicine definitions for unproductive

productive

[ prə-dŭktĭv, prō- ]

adj.

Producing or capable of producing mucus or sputum.
Forming new tissue, as of an inflammation.

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