un·​pro·​duc·​tive | \ ˌən-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce unproductive (audio) , -prō- \

Definition of unproductive

: not effective in bringing something about : not yielding results, benefits, or profits : not productive unproductive meetings unproductive strategies unproductive workers

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Examples of unproductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prior to aggravating his hamstring, Green was unproductive versus the Ravens. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals WR A.J. Green admits to being frustrated, but is confident his time will come," 16 Oct. 2020 Burdensome and unproductive stress tests on community banks were eased. John F. Cogan And John B. Taylor, WSJ, "Trump’s Economic Dream Come True," 6 Oct. 2020 JPMorgan’s analysis also determined that Mondays and Fridays were particularly unproductive. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "WFH: JPMorgan CEO Says Young Employees Working From Home Slack Off," 16 Sep. 2020 European reconstruction funds will probably arrive too late—over the past week, governance questions have put the timing further at risk—and won’t fix Spain’s overreliance on relatively unproductive industries like tourism. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Spain Becomes Europe’s Weak Link," 6 Oct. 2020 That is why official arenas handling conflict — courts, legislatures, sports — have strict etiquette rules so that both sides are supposed to restrain from unproductive antagonisms. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Correcting behavior without wasting your time," 5 Oct. 2020 However, while many lamented online that Tuesday night’s debate was largely unproductive and stress-inducing as both Trump and Biden spoke over each other, several moments managed to permeate the chaos to become full-fledged memes. NBC News, "These are the internet's favorite memes from the first presidential debate of 2020," 30 Sep. 2020 His months inside, though, haven’t been totally unproductive. New York Times, "They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.," 25 Sep. 2020 The only problem – other than that name-calling is juvenile and unproductive – is that Trump’s new nickname for Biden isn’t actually an insult. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Why Trump’s New Nickname For Biden Could Backfire," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unproductive

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unproductive was circa 1676

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21 Oct 2020

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“Unproductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unproductive. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unproductive

: not giving good, steady, or useful results : not productive

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