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 profitsb : 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
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 of productive from the Web
Historically, Capitol Hill has been at its busiest and most productive in the early days of a new president’s administration, during the traditional honeymoon.
The top of South Alabama's lineup was particularly productive, with Hardy, Colton Thomas, Brendan Donovan and Travis Swaggerty combining to go 7-for-14 with six walks and six runs scored.
My job as president is to do everything within my power to give America a level playing field and to create the economic, regulatory and tax structures that make America the most prosperous and productive country on earth.
The trip offers the Russian leader a chance to turn the page and try to establish a productive relationship with Macron as the Kremlin struggles to mend its bitter rift with the West.
But Trump’s troubles have cast a long shadow over the 291 members of his party in the House and Senate, who see their agenda going up in smoke in what is generally a presidential party’s most productive year.
To watch the development of students of all ages shine, become confident, productive, caring individuals, is quite fulfilling.
The process by which businesses and their workers become more productive is something of a black box, deeply important yet not really understood.
The following spring, Carmody was having a productive start when disaster struck on a fly ball.
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First Known Use of productive
PRODUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of productive
: raising mucus or sputum (as from the bronchi) a productive cough
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