nonproductive

adjective non·pro·duc·tive \ ˌnän-prə-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of nonproductive

: not productive: such as
a : failing to produce or yield : unproductive
  • a nonproductive oil well
b : not directly concerned with production
  • the nonproductive labor of clerks and inspectors
c of a cough : dry 3a

nonproductiveness

noun

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First Known Use of nonproductive

1830


Medical Dictionary

nonproductive

adjective non·pro·duc·tive \ -prə-ˈdək-tiv \

medical Definition of nonproductive

of a cough
: not effective in raising mucus or exudate from the respiratory tract : dry 2


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