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

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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 Unitedandresolute Limited tries sprinting on turf have been productive. Ed Derosa, The Courier-Journal, "Handicapper Ed DeRosa's expert picks for opening day of Spring Meet at Churchill Downs," 23 Apr. 2021 Some people need to be in the office, at a desk five-days a week to be productive. Joe Mckendrick, Forbes, "Corporate Leaders Grade Work From Home, One Year Later," 21 Apr. 2021 The season of the Bull is all about taking action and being productive, which is a welcome vibe switch from impulsive and wildly creative Aries season. Elizabeth Gulino,, "This Taurus Season, Things Are Going To Get Really Intense," 19 Apr. 2021 TJ Pledger’s first public appearance in a Utah uniform was productive, the Oklahoma transfer rushing six times for 31 yards, looking light on his feet and capable of something significant this fall. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Charlie Brewer shines as Utah football spring game returns following 2020 pandemic hiatus," 17 Apr. 2021 Freiermuth was productive when lined up in the slot and as a H-back in the backfield, unafraid to maneuver in space and physical enough to run defenders over into the end zone. Safid Deen,, "Miami Dolphins’ NFL draft options: Tight ends," 7 Apr. 2021 No one was hotter early than Markieff Morris, who continues to be productive in the starting lineup with Anthony Davis sidelined. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers show some fight: Five takeaways from their defeat of the Raptors," 7 Apr. 2021 Wong said the meeting was hard, but productive and that her only intent was to use an uplifting comment for women. Steven Goode,, "After outcry, Bloomfield councilwoman apologizes for quoting activist convicted of killing police officer," 6 Apr. 2021 There have been reports of pepper plants being productive for several years. Tom Maccubbin,, "Warm weather will help regreen desert roses," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Productive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


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.


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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