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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.

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. Roberta Jacobson:

    We’re looking at all of the productive options to address both the economic reasons people may be migrating, as well as the protection and security reasons.

  2. Andrea Bastiani Archibald:

    Our program engages girls in identifying community needs, coming up with resourceful solutions and implementing them in partnership with their communities, they are stepping through the process of becoming productive problem solvers.

  3. Nada Bakos:

    A pandemic can induce fear-based individual behavioral changes, similar to reactions to terrorist attacks and not all behavior changes are productive.

  4. State John Kerry:

    Regarding Venezuela we have deep concerns about Venezuela failing to embrace a robust, productive dialogue, we're deeply committed to restoring rights of the people in Venezuela.

  5. Robert Herjavec:

    I also do something a lot of people don’t, i say ‘no.’ To be as productive as possible, you have to learn to say ‘no’ and to say it often. When you’re an entrepreneur, when you’re leading a business, everybody wants a piece of you. It’s so hard. Related: Robert Herjavec: 'The World Doesn't Reward Mediocrity.' He continues, The tendency is to say ‘yes’ to everything and then everything suffers, and you’re like, ‘Why did I say ‘yes’ to this?! Eventually you learn the power of ‘no’ and you get better at it as you go.

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