non·​pro·​duc·​ing ˌnän-prə-ˈdü-siŋ How to pronounce nonproducing (audio)
: not making, manufacturing, or yielding anything : not producing
nonproducing wells
nonproducing vegetation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In January 2017, Bassler, Drescher and their colleagues showed that, in simple environments, strains that produce matrix always win out over their nonproducing cousins. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, 25 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonproducing was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Nonproducing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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