Definition of productive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈdʌktɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʌktɪv//
    Growing crops
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  1. 1making goods or growing crops, especially in large quantities highly productive farming land productive workers The aim was to maximize the machine’s productive capacity. opposite unproductive See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2doing or achieving a lot synonym fruitful a productive meeting My time spent in the library was very productive. compare counterproductive
  3. 3productive of something (formal) resulting in something or causing something a play productive of the strongest emotions
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French productif, -ive or late Latin productivus, from product- ‘brought forth’, from the verb producere, from pro- ‘forward’ + ducere ‘to lead’.Word Familyproduce verbproducer nounproduction nounproductive adjective (unproductive)productively adverbproduct nounproduce nounExtra examples I just wish he would do something productive with his life. Internet sources have proved extremely productive. It makes them feel productive even if it is not a paying job. It was a highly productive meeting. The bush must be pruned to remain productive. economically productive workers highly productive farming land/​manufacturing methods productive farmers/​workers
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: productive