productive

adjective
pro·​duc·​tive | \ prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce productive (audio) , prō-\

Definition of productive

1 : having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance productive fishing waters
2 : effective in bringing about investigating committees have been productive of much good— R. K. Carr
3a : yielding results, benefits, or profits
b : yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities
4 : continuing to be used in the formation of new words or constructions un- is a productive prefix
5 : raising mucus or sputum (as from the bronchi) a productive cough

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Other Words from productive

productively adverb
productiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for productive

Synonyms

constructive, formative

Antonyms

nonconstructive, nonproductive, unproductive

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Examples of productive in a Sentence

I had a very productive day. I am most productive in the morning. Some staff members are more productive than others.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Plants given plenty of room are healthier and more productive, so space them 2½ to 3 feet apart in all directions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 The Dolphins didn't go get a top-notch quarterback, instead waiting to see if Ryan Tannehill returns healthy and productive. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Kiper, MMQB, NFL.com - drafniks analyze Dolphins picks," 29 Apr. 2018 Just another reminder of that mom-shaming is rarely helpful or productive. Glamour, "Bekah Martinez's Breastfeeding Photo Brought Out The Mommy Shamers," 17 Apr. 2019 Enlightenment philosophers recognized that the crown, guild, church and village sometimes acted as rent-seekers stripping away the rewards for work, thrift and innovation, and in the process inhibiting productive effort and progress. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "Enemies of the Economic Enlightenment," 15 Apr. 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued the opposite – that spending doesn’t necessarily equate to being productive member of NATO. Meg Kelly, Washington Post, "Many fact checks later President Trump is (still) botching NATO spending," 13 July 2018 The group is all about fostering conversations that are insightful, informative, and productive. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "The United States of Texas and California, a new Facebook group about the states’ big issues," 10 Aug. 2018 In Work Wife, Cerulo and Mazur explore how female partnerships in the office can lead to a more progressive, productive, and empowering workplace. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Secret to Having the Best Relationship With Your Work Wife," 7 Mar. 2019 Adopting this shorthand ensures peak efficiency and organization a.k.a. a prettier, more productive BuJo. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of productive

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of productive was in 1612

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productive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of productive

: doing or achieving a lot : working hard and getting good results
: producing or able to produce something especially in large amounts
formal : causing or resulting in something

productive

adjective
pro·​duc·​tive | \ prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce productive (audio) \

Kids Definition of productive

1 : having the power to yield in large amounts productive soil
2 : producing well I'm most productive in the morning.

productive

adjective
pro·​duc·​tive | \ prə-ˈdək-tiv, prō- How to pronounce productive (audio) \

Medical Definition of productive

: raising mucus or sputum (as from the bronchi) a productive cough

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