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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unproductiveadjective

    not producing or capable of producing

    "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

  2. unproductiveadjective

    not producing desired results

    "the talks between labor and management were unproductive"


  1. unproductiveadjective

    Not productive; useless; fruitless.


  1. unproductive

    Productivity, in economics, is the amount of output created produced per unit input used.


  1. unproductive

    Unproductive refers to activities, methods, or behaviors that do not yield significant, useful, successful, or desired results. It typically denotes inefficiency, ineffectiveness, or the lack of profitability or progress. This term can be applied to various aspects or sectors such as economics, work habits, discussions, meetings, or even land or resources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unproductive

    un-prō-duk′tiv, adj. not productive, profitable, or efficient, not effecting some particular result (with of).—adv. Unproduc′tively.—ns. Unproduc′tiveness; Unproductiv′ity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unproductive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unproductive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of unproductive in a Sentence

  1. Whit Ayres:

    Canceling an unproductive summit is better than having an unproductive summit.

  2. Vladimir Lenin:

    You all know that even when women have full rights, they still remain fatally downtrodden because all housework is left to them. In most cases housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not include anything that would in any way promote the development of the woman.

  3. The Senate:

    Today's ruling provides the perfect opportunity for the President to change his unproductive posture on this jobs-creating infrastructure project.

  4. Brandon Garic Notch:

    It's not who you are that holds you back, it's the unproductive thoughts you focus on and act upon by ignorance.

  5. Adam Jentleson:

    The Republican Senate has started off as the least productive, most partisan, most contentious Senate in recent memory, from bypassing committees on every single bill so far to trying to silence senators who dared to disagree with him to failing to hold a single Friday vote, Sen. McConnell is running a closed and partisan process that is extremely unproductive for the middle class.

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