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unproductive

Line breaks: un|pro¦duct¦ive
Pronunciation: /ʌnprəˈdʌktɪv
 
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Definition of unproductive in English:

adjective

1Not producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities: unproductive land must be reforested
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of an activity or period) not achieving much; not very useful: unproductive meetings
More example sentences
  • 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.
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Derivatives

unproductively

1
adverb
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.

unproductiveness

2
noun
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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