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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Engaged employees are more loyal, productive and happy. Jason Hennessey, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Appreciating co-workers’ points of view and understanding their struggles, some executives say, leads to more engaged, happy and productive staff. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 10 May 2022 To be certain, the Mets have been successful because Max Scherzer has been a beast, Edwin Díaz is again a lockdown closer, and their lineup has been productive and balanced. Peter Abraham,, 7 May 2022 Extensive research shows why recess is beneficial: Children are more attentive and productive and perform better cognitively after recess. Jackie Mader, NBC News, 7 May 2022 After missing the first week of the season because of a groin strain, Ward was so productive and patient in his first eight games that manager Joe Maddon moved the right fielder to the leadoff spot on April 25. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The Cincinnati product is big (6-3, 211 pounds), fast (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash), explosive (a 40.5-inch vertical leap) and productive (52 catches, 884 yards, eight touchdowns). Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2022 Until her symptoms began, Walsh was living a full and productive life. Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Two of the 15 SEC players drafted with the 13th pick had especially long and productive NFL careers – John Abraham and Takeo Spikes. Mark Inabinett |, al, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of productive

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Productive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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