Definition of productivity in English:


Line breaks: prod¦uct|iv¦ity
Pronunciation: /prɒdʌkˈtɪvɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The state or quality of being productive: the long-term productivity of land
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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 per cent
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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.
  • 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 primary 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.

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