Definition of productive in English:


Line breaks: pro¦duct|ive
Pronunciation: /prəˈdʌktɪv


  • 1Producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities: the most productive employees
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    • In today's tight labor markets, both public and private employers will presumably benefit from being able to keep productive older employees on the job longer.
    • Deforestation and overgrazing destroy productive land, while acid rain damages crops.
    • The World Wildlife Fund has released a report that assesses our ecological footprint, or the amount of productive land and sea needed to sustain current lifestyles.
  • 1.1Relating to or engaged in the production of goods, crops, or other commodities: the country’s productive capacity
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    • Investment in productive capacity was the prominent transmission mechanism of finance to the real economy.
    • Socialism has a comparative advantage in the area of productive efficiency.
    • While they generate a return, financial assets are not themselves productive capital engaged in the actual extraction of surplus value from the working class.
  • 1.2Achieving a significant amount or result: a long and productive career the therapy sessions became more productive
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    • Freelancing, even after a highly successful and productive career, was not much better unless one was a ‘celebrity’ writer and columnist.
    • This unlikely though productive pairing has resulted in what's being touted as Montreal's best outdoor skate park.
    • Moral is low, egos are high and as a result it's not productive for the common good of the whole community.
  • 1.3 [predic.] (productive of) Producing or giving rise to: the hotel was not productive of amusing company
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    • Four days prior to admission, she developed a cough productive of whitish sputum.
    • As has been indicated, life on the frontier is productive of individualism.
    • Mines in the Pangaeum mountain range were extremely productive of silver and gold.
  • 1.4 Linguistics (Of a prefix, suffix, or other linguistic unit) currently used in forming new words or expressions: many suffixes are common and productive
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    • It takes a higher degree of competence, they say, to combine words properly in productive use.
    • So, Eskimoan languages are really extraordinary in their productive word-building capability, for any root you might pick.
    • The situation characterizes the less productive affixes, such as noun-forming ity or th.
  • 2 Medicine (Of a cough) that raises mucus from the respiratory tract.
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    • He had a sick contact with an upper respiratory infection and productive cough for the past two weeks.
    • A 55 year old man presented to his general practitioner with a productive cough.
    • Signs of recurrent infection or pneumonia with productive cough, fever, and hemoptysis dominate.



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  • ‘This is all diverting money which could be spent a lot more productively,’ he explained.
  • I've already been to the recycling center and Post Office, so the day is starting off more productively than usual.
  • Expecting a person to drink responsibly is as illogical as requiring a terrorist to act with compassion or an arsonist to set fires productively.


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  • But for many Americans he is proof that age is just a number - not a definitive measurement of one's abilities or productiveness.
  • Get off the sofa and do anything to get on the road to productiveness.
  • The path to this evening's productiveness started this lunch time, when I bought a printer.


early 17th century: from French productif, -ive or late Latin productivus, from product- 'brought forth', from the verb producere (see produce).

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