Definition of unproductive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/


1Not producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities: unproductive land must be reforested
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  • The American military initially found the South as a convenient locale of large amounts of unproductive land that could be converted into training facilities.
  • In fact, the unproductive vast amount of agricultural set-aside land could be used to grow oil-seed rape to feed all types of engines.
  • Some government planners anticipate a policy that encourages people to vacate marginal or unproductive land, with the possible end of food assistance as one inducement to relocation.
1.1(Of an activity or period) not achieving much; not very useful: unproductive meetings
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  • Of course, not all unproductive activities funded by surplus value are necessarily wasteful or parasitic.
  • You rarely waste energies on unproductive activities.
  • Completely wasted my entire day in unproductive activity and left the blasted cluster room hours later seething with frustration and disgust.



Pronunciation: /ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪvli/
Example sentences
  • Itinerant professionals are quite happy to pay about $2 an hour for the convenience of being able to do work productively during what might otherwise have been time unproductively spent.
  • She added: ‘Effectively, half a day (ten per cent of the school week) would be taken up with the swimming trip, most of which would be spent unproductively travelling to and from the pool.’
  • In the middle of an acrimonious divorce - about which he seems in turns indifferent and volatile - Rainey spends most of his time sleeping, staring unproductively at his computer screen and talking to his dog.


Pronunciation: /ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • Frustrated by the PSI's unproductiveness, many of its members seceded in 1921 to form the Communist Party under Bordiga, Gramsci, and Togliatti.
  • The unproductiveness and wastefulness of the industrial system in the Slave States is instructively displayed in the valuable writings of Mr. Olmsted.
  • Really Cameron, this, this - unproductiveness is driving me off the wall.
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