Definition of productivity in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state or quality of being productive.

    ‘the long-term productivity of land’
    • ‘Just think of the loss of productivity and the reduced quality of life.’
    • ‘Hence, crop productivity and quality is directly related to the plants response to nitrogen supply.’
    • ‘If they are sensible, they will now channel their disappointment into productivity and the pursuit of progress.’
    • ‘High productivity is still required, with the addition that quality criteria for crops are now demanded.’
    • ‘In truth, Labour saw education mechanistically - either as an engine of productivity or an engine of social justice.’
    • ‘Several studies have focused on the particular role of N reserves in alfalfa productivity, quality and persistency.’
    • ‘Mendez said the port had undertaken several initiatives to improve productivity, which have borne fruit.’
    • ‘Agricultural productivity in the region continues to increase, with a record wheat harvest last summer.’
    • ‘That teacher deserves a pay rise, based on extra-curricular productivity.’
    • ‘For this fee, the converted say miracles have happened in quality, productivity and staff morale.’
    • ‘The California Youth Authority needs to be destroyed before any productivity can occur.’
    • ‘World Cup fever has cost Greater Manchester companies more than £72 million in lost productivity.’
    • ‘Opportunities for increasing productivity of land in Pembrokeshire was an issue farmers must explore, he insisted.’
    • ‘Forty five per cent felt silence is golden aiding concentration, creatively and ultimately productivity.’
    • ‘The Japanese adopted it as a way to revive their war-torn economy and considered quality and productivity as one and the same.’
    • ‘I saw [Fed chairman Alan] Greenspan in Washington and he made it clear that the concern is productivity.’
    • ‘There is need for intensifying our efforts to improve agricultural productivity, quality and income.’
    • ‘I don't know if I'll be able to regain my previous level of blogging productivity.’
    • ‘For example, rising population pressure and falling agricultural productivity may lead to land disputes.’
    • ‘The key to increasing agricultural productivity may lie in educating women.’
    1. 1.1 The 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’
      • ‘Pay and productivity are measured in terms of the time it takes to complete a given task.’
      • ‘The trend of increasing marginal productivity from scarce inputs has continued.’
      • ‘Recently it has done extremely well, I think because of the high productivity gains that we have been able to achieve.’
      • ‘If economic growth is a misleading term, productivity growth is even more so.’
      • ‘The productivity boost should hold down unit labor costs, which means fatter margins.’
      • ‘For profits, productivity growth at that rate will help to hold labor costs in check.’
      • ‘However, for given output prices, labour productivity gains will be realized in terms of real quality improvements.’
      • ‘The report measured productivity as annual output per person employed and average output per hour worked.’
      • ‘Comparisons with productivity growth rates in other sectors of the economy are fraught with difficulties.’
      • ‘Many organisations limit their productivity improvement efforts to the acquisition of skills only.’
      • ‘This erodes the reliability of the published real output and productivity measures.’
      • ‘Poole isn't the only Fed official who sees a link between productivity and interest rates.’
      • ‘It is time to increase productivity by improving the quality of work.’
      • ‘While there has been growth in overall employment rates in Europe, productivity lags behind that of the US.’
      • ‘There, he was responsible for a drive that led to substantial improvements in quality, sales and productivity.’
      • ‘Salary growth in the state sector should be linked to higher labour productivity in the real economy, Velchev said.’
      • ‘In other sectors, productivity is measured as output divided by hours worked.’
      • ‘Although our labour productivity rates are still low, they have picked up in the last few years.’
      • ‘The new technology has boosted productivity and requires fewer workers in the rail yard, he said.’
      • ‘You also have to continually reduce costs, compress cycle time, improve quality and productivity.’
      efficiency, production, productiveness, work rate, output, yield, capacity, productive capacity
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    2. 1.2Ecology 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’
      • ‘No doubt many other species have benefited from the bur oak's productivity and protection.’
      • ‘In other words, there is an optimum leaf quantity, for a given light intensity, for productivity in the plant community.’
      • ‘If so, then the phenomenon must have major ecological importance for lichen productivity.’
      • ‘They show higher photosynthetic rates, biomass productivity and water and nitrogen use efficiencies.’
      • ‘Nitrogen supply affects plant growth and productivity by altering both leaf area and photosynthetic capacity.’
      fruitfulness, fertility, productiveness, fecundity, richness
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