pro·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌprō-dək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce productivity (audio) , ˌprä-, prə-ˌdək- \

Definition of productivity

1 : the quality or state of being productive
2 : the rate per unit area or per unit volume at which biomass consumable as food by other organisms is made by producers

Examples of productivity in a Sentence

The country has low agricultural productivity. The company is looking for ways to improve worker productivity. There has been an increase in productivity.
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Recent Examples on the Web Fidget toys are known to improve productivity and decrease stress for people on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD. Globe Staff,, "17-year-old founder and CEO of Tasium wins national entrepreneurship competition," 15 Feb. 2021 Reducing those distractions could improve productivity by $1.2 trillion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Trillion dollar question: Will workers share in the savings from remote work?," 15 Jan. 2021 Increase productivity by nipping procrastination in the bud. Allison Pohle, WSJ, "How to Be More Productive at Work And Manage Your Time Effectively," 15 Jan. 2021 Robert Maxim, a research associate at the the nonprofit public policy Brookings Institution, pointed out that tech should save companies money or improve productivity. Austin Fuller,, "Walmart pulls the plug on robotic shelf scanners that had been deployed in Orlando," 25 Nov. 2020 With employment falling faster than output, productivity increased. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "US productivity in Q4 falls by largest amount in 39 years," 4 Feb. 2021 In exchange, the lessee would be allowed to keep leases in the hopes that productivity might return. Halle Parker | Staff Writer,, "Louisiana looks to streamline buyouts of oyster leases impacted by coastal work," 21 Jan. 2021 Size Matters Low labor productivity is a concern for Japan as its population declines. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan’s New Economic Policy Guru: An Englishman Who Restores Temples," 24 Dec. 2020 McCarthy hopes that productivity will shine in the season’s last month. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'I had no idea how we were going to play': Adversity continues to strike Cowboys in coach Mike McCarthy's first season," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of productivity

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of productivity was in 1808

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24 Feb 2021

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“Productivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of productivity

: the rate at which goods are produced or work is completed

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