productive

adjective pro·duc·tive \ prə-ˈdək-tiv , prō- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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
3 a :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

productively

adverb

productiveness

noun

Examples of productive in a Sentence

  1. I had a very productive day.

  2. I am most productive in the morning.

  3. Some staff members are more productive than others.

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First Known Use of productive

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productive Synonyms


PRODUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

productive

adjective

Definition of productive for English Language Learners

  • : doing or achieving a lot : working hard and getting good results

  • : producing or able to produce something especially in large amounts

  • : causing or resulting in something


PRODUCTIVE Defined for Kids

productive

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

Definition of productive for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

productive

adjective pro·duc·tive \ prə-ˈdək-tiv, prō- \

medical Definition of productive

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


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