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Definitions for productive
prəˈdʌk tɪvpro·duc·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. productiveadjective

    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)

    "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"

  2. generative, productiveadjective

    having the ability to produce or originate

    "generative power"; "generative forces"

  3. productiveadjective

    yielding positive results

  4. fat, fertile, productive, richadjective

    marked by great fruitfulness

    "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"


  1. productiveadjective

    Capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile

  2. productiveadjective

    yielding good or useful results; constructive

  3. productiveadjective

    Of, or relating to the creation of goods or services

  4. productiveadjective

    consistently applicable to any of an open set of words

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Productiveadjective

    Having the power to produce; fertile; generative; efficient.

    Etymology: from produce.

    In thee
    Not in themselves, all their known virtue appears
    Productive as in herb and plant. John Milton.

    This is turning nobility unto a principle of virtue, and making it productive of merit, as it is understood to have been originally a reward of it. Spectator, №. 537.

    Be thou my aid, my tuneful song inspire,
    And kindle, with thy own productive fire. Dryden.

    If the productive fat of the marl be spent, it is not capable of being mended with new. John Mortimer.

    Numbers of Scots are glad to exchange their barren hills for our fruitful vales so productive of that grain. Jonathan Swift.

    Hymen’s flames like stars unite,
    And burn for ever one;
    Chaste as cold Cynthia’s virgin light,
    Productive as the sun. Alexander Pope.

    Plutarch, in his life of Theseus, says, that that age was productive of men of prodigious stature. William Broome.


  1. productive

    Productivity is the efficiency of production of goods or services expressed by some measure. Measurements of productivity are often expressed as a ratio of an aggregate output to a single input or an aggregate input used in a production process, i.e. output per unit of input, typically over a specific period of time. The most common example is the (aggregate) labour productivity measure, one example of which is GDP per worker. There are many different definitions of productivity (including those that are not defined as ratios of output to input) and the choice among them depends on the purpose of the productivity measurement and/or data availability. The key source of difference between various productivity measures is also usually related (directly or indirectly) to how the outputs and the inputs are aggregated to obtain such a ratio-type measure of productivity.Productivity is a crucial factor in the production performance of firms and nations. Increasing national productivity can raise living standards because more real income improves people's ability to purchase goods and services, enjoy leisure, improve housing and education and contribute to social and environmental programs. Productivity growth can also help businesses to be more profitable.


  1. productive

    Productive refers to the quality of being able to accomplish or produce a significant amount of work or result efficiently and effectively. It often pertains to actions, methods, or processes that yield high outputs, results, or profits. In a broader sense, it can also mean being constructive, useful, or beneficial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Productiveadjective

    having the quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results; as, productive soil; productive enterprises; productive labor, that which increases the number or amount of products

  2. Productiveadjective

    bringing into being; causing to exist; producing; originative; as, an age productive of great men; a spirit productive of heroic achievements

  3. Productiveadjective

    producing, or able to produce, in large measure; fertile; profitable

  4. Etymology: [F. productif, L. productivus fit for prolongation.]

Editors Contribution

  1. productive

    The ability and power to produce easily, effectively and efficiently.

    The employees were so productive that they all were given a day off work to celebrate their collective achievement.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'productive' in Adjectives Frequency: #803

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of productive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of productive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of productive in a Sentence

  1. Ayn Rand:

    America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.

  2. Michael J. Gelb:

    Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. Crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just plain crazy. Geniuses and crazy people are both out in the middle of a deep ocean geniuses swim, crazy people drown. Most of us are sitting safely on the shore. Take a chance and get your feet wet.

  3. De Mistura:

    We are looking with great interest, expectation, hope that the talks in Moscow will be productive, honestly not everything will be solved in one day - but (it would be) productive ... to resume the talks with a much more in-depth address on the issue of political transition.

  4. Derek Halpern:

    When you give yourself permission to do that, you don’t stress yourself out when you’re not productive, and it frees up time for you to actually be productive.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    We have very productive conversations occurring among our members, but those are productive conversations, that doesn't mean that we have language and text that's ready to go and the votes are lined up. But that's what you need to do in order to get that, meaning get members talking. That's happening.

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