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 After a productive first half of football in 2021, Jerry Jeudy will be sidelined for a few weeks. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Less than 1% of the forest left in the province is composed of the productive ground growing massive old trees, some more than 1,000 years old, including coastal temperate rainforests on Vancouver Island. Lynda V. Mapes, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 Or at least something that at times could even get close to it, bear a resemblance, put its talent — and its talent is considerable — to productive use. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 That’s compared with an especially productive 2020, with 46.5 million hl, and a low 2019, at 37.2 million hl. David Meyer, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2021 Jeff McNeil, who started the season with a lifetime mark of .319, has struggled too, opening the way for productive bench players Kevin Pillar and Jonathan Villar. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Now, after more than a year of adjusting to remote work and remaining productive—in some cases increasing their hours—more people are questioning why their value is based on their geographic coordinates. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 Junior Jack Podlesny is just another in a long line of productive kickers for the Bulldogs, finishing the 2020 season 13-for-16 with a long of 53 yards, and was 1-of-2 in the season opener. Evan Dudley, al, 10 Sep. 2021 The first drop on a simple out route helped ruin a productive drive on the Cowboys’ first possession. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 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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15 Sep 2021

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“Productive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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
: 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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