Definition of productive in English:

productive

adjective

  • 1Producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities.

    ‘the most productive employees’
    • ‘Deforestation and overgrazing destroy productive land, while acid rain damages crops.’
    • ‘A country's most productive force is its diverse strata of human resources.’
    • ‘Malaysia's young, educated, and highly productive workforce remains one of the country's key attributes.’
    • ‘Farmers who are able to be productive and prove useful to society will find us cooperative.’
    • ‘Does Clark's property system preserve incentives to make land productive?’
    • ‘Settling in South Dakota, Martin Eden initially focuses on transforming the prairie into productive farmland.’
    • ‘Seems like depression does benefit me, I am more productive at work.’
    • ‘Some have managed to take an interest in their land and make it productive, but many have simply reaped the standing crop and then left the land derelict.’
    • ‘And savvy employers have started to realize that a happy employee is a productive one.’
    • ‘This makes soil more productive and able to support bigger and better crops at the lowest possible economic cost to farmers.’
    • ‘The people who work with me are able to be more productive because I put a little less baggage in their way than before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can be grown on land that's less productive for traditional crops.’
    • ‘My dad ran his coal mine so as to make it as productive as he possibly could.’
    • ‘In fact, as space grew, the industry became less productive.’
    • ‘In a free market, employers want the most productive work force.’
    • ‘White farmers would sell their land to the black community, and then help keep it productive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, certain institutions are necessary to become economically productive too, but these are not necessarily political.’
    • ‘A retired North Yorkshire farmer has invented a device which could help reduce flooding risks and pollution - while keeping arable land fertile and productive.’
    • ‘For precision organic farming to work, we need to keep our farmers productive and unharmed.’
    fertile, fruitful, rich, fecund, high-yielding
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or engaged in the production of goods, crops, or other commodities.
      ‘the country's productive capacity’
      • ‘Investment in productive capacity was the prominent transmission mechanism of finance to the real economy.’
      • ‘While they generate a return, financial assets are not themselves productive capital engaged in the actual extraction of surplus value from the working class.’
      • ‘At the analytical starting point, every productive process employs the primary inputs of labor and land as Henry George defined them.’
      • ‘The productive capacity of the fumigated crops not destroyed is revitalized through the intensive use of fertilizers.’
      • ‘For Smith, wealth was productive capacity, not the accumulation of precious metals.’
      • ‘Classifying soil according to its productive capacity has some precedence in most parts of East Africa where property rates are employed.’
      • ‘Mobility increases the amount of productive work that each employee can deliver.’
      • ‘The contest between capital and labour over the fruits of economically productive activity remains the front line struggle.’
      • ‘Economic resiliency, productive capacity, labor talent, every one of the economist's buzzwords plays a role in war.’
      • ‘I describe most of my recent productive activity as making sculptural or object paintings.’
      • ‘Very fundamentally Marx defines productive labor by its capacity to generate capital in the form of a surplus-value.’
      • ‘In reality, the strength of an economy is determined by the efficiency of its productive sector, not the appetite of consumers.’
      • ‘Overall market confidence and productive capacity can be destroyed quickly, leading to net loss of investment, employment, and output.’
      • ‘Good governance is lacking in most countries that are unable to promote job creation, engage in productive public spending and to stimulate economic growth.’
      • ‘The companies face increasingly cutthroat competition and a growing glut in productive capacity both in Japan and globally.’
      • ‘If those billions of borrowed euro were diverted into productive rather than unproductive capacity what would happen?’
      • ‘Socialism has a comparative advantage in the area of productive efficiency.’
      • ‘Debate has ensued regarding the effects of these changes upon the productive efficiency of universities, and upon the quality of their outcomes.’
      • ‘Only by increasing the supply of land available for productive use could the landless be given greater access to it.’
      • ‘Put that money into productive capacity, and investing in our future and investing in cutting edge technology.’
    2. 1.2 Achieving a significant amount or result.
      ‘a long and productive career’
      ‘the therapy sessions became more productive’
      • ‘So enclosing the commons is needed to avoid ruin, and to promote productive investments in the land.’
      • ‘As sites of considerable productive value and significant social debate, I believe it is important to begin with an introduction to the gardens themselves.’
      • ‘The result of that is productive working relationships - something that party would not know anything about.’
      • ‘This, however, does not mean that achieving a productive scholarly interactivity in a web journal is either easy or straightforward.’
      • ‘Yet, with help, many improve over time and are eventually able to lead productive lives.’
      • ‘Freelancing, even after a highly successful and productive career, was not much better unless one was a ‘celebrity’ writer and columnist.’
      • ‘My patrol had been pleasantly productive this evening, resulting in the apprehension of four baddies and being checked out by no less than two women.’
      • ‘He hasn't been able to do anything productive since he left us and he came back just in time for the birth.’
      • ‘The extensive preparation phase results in very productive enactment and analysis phases.’
      • ‘This unlikely though productive pairing has resulted in what's being touted as Montreal's best outdoor skate park.’
      • ‘The Angels haven't had a productive leadoff hitter since Tony Phillips in 1997.’
      • ‘Moral is low, egos are high and as a result it's not productive for the common good of the whole community.’
      • ‘The most productive route to achieving a significant across-the-board raise for architects is for us to get involved in the process of developing and building.’
      • ‘The South Zone hunter who juggles the options should be able to enjoy productive hunts during the three-day opening weekend.’
      • ‘According to them, progress of the productive forces inevitably results in the stultification of the masses, in cultural decline, and finally in a new kind of barbarism.’
      • ‘How, then, are we to get the student to learn the many behaviors that will provide the necessary skills to achieve a productive life?’
      • ‘There are no female figures in Swann's Way who achieve as artistically productive or as spiritually rewarding an independence as that of Lily Briscoe.’
      • ‘Shaw and his staff proved to two national banks that the school was more productive, resulting in major gifts.’
      • ‘That choice is ‘good,’ meaning essentially, productive of the desired result.’
      • ‘The entire developing world can't be invited to the G - 8 table with the expectation that a productive conversation will result.’
      prolific, inventive, creative
      useful, constructive, profitable, fruitful, gainful, valuable, effective, worthwhile, beneficial, helpful, rewarding, gratifying
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    3. 1.3productive ofpredicative Producing or giving rise to.
      ‘the hotel was not productive of amusing company’
      • ‘Mines in the Pangaeum mountain range were extremely productive of silver and gold.’
      • ‘Four days prior to admission, she developed a cough productive of whitish sputum.’
      • ‘Leaders are investing billions of dollars to make our schools more purposeful, more accountable, and more productive of powerful learning.’
      • ‘As has been indicated, life on the frontier is productive of individualism.’
      • ‘Once this kind of trust is established, the relationship between the consumer and the medical device company can be productive of real value.’
    4. 1.4Linguistics (of a prefix, suffix, or other linguistic unit) currently used in forming new words or expressions.
      ‘many suffixes are common and productive’
      • ‘It takes a higher degree of competence, they say, to combine words properly in productive use.’
      • ‘The situation characterizes the less productive affixes, such as noun-forming ity or th.’
      • ‘Students used the highly productive suffix er rather than the less productive suffix ant to convey an agentive meaning.’
      • ‘A prefix is productive when it contributes to the meaning of a word and can be added freely to other words.’
      • ‘So, Eskimoan languages are really extraordinary in their productive word-building capability, for any root you might pick.’
  • 2Medicine
    (of a cough) that raises mucus from the respiratory tract.

    • ‘Signs of recurrent infection or pneumonia with productive cough, fever, and hemoptysis dominate.’
    • ‘Lynne, my wife, had a persistent productive cough, fever, and malaise.’
    • ‘He had a sick contact with an upper respiratory infection and productive cough for the past two weeks.’
    • ‘Chest infections, productive cough, dyspnea, wheezing, and hemoptysis are common.’
    • ‘A 55 year old man presented to his general practitioner with a productive cough.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from French productif, -ive or late Latin productivus, from product- ‘brought forth’, from the verb producere (see produce).

Pronunciation

productive

/prəˈdʌktɪv/