not producing very much; not producing good results unproductive land an unproductive meeting I've had a very unproductive day. opposite productiveWord Familyproduce verbproducer nounproduction nounproductive adjective (≠unproductive)productively adverbproduct nounproduce nounExtra examples I’ve spent yet another unproductive day. She returned from a rather unproductive trip to New York. The changes include cutting subsidies and shedding unproductive jobs. We had a series of unproductive meetings.