Definition of productive in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈdəktiv/


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.
fertile, fruitful, rich, fecund
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 or producing 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.
prolific, inventive, creative;
useful, constructive, profitable, fruitful, gainful, valuable, effective, worthwhile, helpful
1.3 [predicative] (productive of) Producing or giving rise to: the unconscious is limitlessly productive of dreams, myths, stories
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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 morpheme 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.
1.5 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.



Pronunciation: /prəˈdəktivnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pro·duc·tive

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