Definition of non-productive in English:



  • 1Not producing or able to produce goods, crops, or economic benefit.

    ‘non-productive land’
    ‘health is seen as a non-productive sector’
    • ‘Mathis says the actual efficiency achieved as of the end of 2004 was about 57% - a reduction from 105 hours to 45 hours per week of non-productive work.’
    • ‘This distribution of profits even includes profits earned in non-productive sectors.’
    • ‘Tribals hold a majority of the non-productive land in the hills, but two-thirds of the regional population lives on one-third of the land.’
    • ‘If we take into account all the non-productive time that businesses have to comply with - the paperwork that goes with being in business - then the rate per hour is $15.37, which is not an attractive proposition.’
    • ‘General Insurance Corporation is all set to scrap its non-productive schemes, as part of its revamp exercise.’
    • ‘And the Government has frittered away a huge fortune by recruiting a vast army of non-productive civil servants.’
    • ‘He's the most non-productive person I've ever seen.’
    • ‘We see more and more non-productive, non-essential posts being created to give the illusion that local government is doing something.’
    • ‘Importantly, unprecedented amounts of non-productive debt have been created of increasingly suspect quality, whose value is sustained only by additional non-productive Credit creation.’
    • ‘It makes playfulness and creativity sound entirely frivolous and non-productive, and maintains a peculiar distinction between work and leisure.’
    • ‘Many non-productive activities were able to survive and hold or divert resources from more productive and sustainable activities.’
    • ‘Therefore, 10 percent could be used most effectively to alienate traditional fishing grounds, leaving vast areas of non-productive barrens.’
    • ‘Sinking yields - in the face of an acute inflationary ‘blow off’ bias throughout mortgage finance - will only stimulate greater non-productive debt expansion.’
    • ‘Smokers, especially young ones are also likely to commit more crime and be generally non-productive in every day society.’
    • ‘The Government will grab money from the production sector, drive it into the ground, and give the money away to the non-productive sector.’
    • ‘I can see us having a million non-productive chickens in a few years time!’
    • ‘The lie consists of the implication that the election was a victory by the relatively non-productive elements of society.’
    • ‘In clinical, economic terms, with children comes the arrival of non-productive yet highly consumptive members of the household.’
    • ‘There is too much political correctness and a massive transfer of wealth has taken place from the productive to the non-productive sectors of the economy.’
    • ‘Second, this is a particularly dangerous stage of the Credit cycle, as the preponderance of lending and speculating is reverberating through non-productive debt creation.’
    barren, non-fertile, unfruitful, unproductive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, arid
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    1. 1.1 Achieving little.
      ‘time-wasting, non-productive activities’
      • ‘‘This conversation seems non-productive,’ Mark resented.’
      • ‘They help create greater confidence so that states can concentrate their energies and resources on their own domestic welfare rather than on non-productive, excessive national security arrangements.’
      • ‘We're engaged in a lot of non-productive discussion, and this is not going to get us to the answers we need to have.’
      • ‘From this point, discussion is not only non-productive but nauseating.’
      • ‘Lack of involvement and engagement lead them to varied non-productive activities.’
      • ‘He considered these activities to be non-creative and non-productive.’
      • ‘But once again their ‘work’ is non-productive.’
      • ‘War, also, involves communities in non-productive expenditures of excess.’
      • ‘Both parties then returned to the House chamber where they whiled away a non-productive afternoon in thunderous denunciations of each other.’
      • ‘It also offers the therapist and family a measurable outcome that indicates progress or decline, as well as providing a focus for each session, thereby reducing the risk of sessions becoming fragmented and non-productive.’