Definition of productivity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprōˌdəkˈtivədē/
Pronunciation: /ˌprädəkˈtivədē/


1The state or quality of producing something, especially crops: the long-term productivity of land agricultural productivity
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  • For example, rising population pressure and falling agricultural productivity may lead to land disputes.
  • Just think of the loss of productivity and the reduced quality of life.
  • For this fee, the converted say miracles have happened in quality, productivity and staff morale.
1.1The effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input: workers have boosted productivity by 30 percent
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  • This erodes the reliability of the published real output and productivity measures.
  • In other sectors, productivity is measured as output divided by hours worked.
  • The report measured productivity as annual output per person employed and average output per hour worked.
efficiency, work rate;
output, yield, production
1.2 Ecology The rate of production of new biomass by an individual, population, or community; the fertility or capacity of a given habitat or area: nutrient-rich waters with high productivity
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  • They show higher photosynthetic rates, biomass productivity and water and nitrogen use efficiencies.
  • In other words, there is an optimum leaf quantity, for a given light intensity, for productivity in the plant community.
  • No doubt many other species have benefited from the bur oak's productivity and protection.
fruitfulness, fertility, richness, fecundity

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Syllabification: pro·duc·tiv·i·ty

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