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 Redfield’s statements, calling them unproductive and not grounded in evidence. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 26 Mar. 2021 Cormier’s assignment was to help the coaches succeed, but the experience proved unproductive. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Mar. 2021 The play call was aggressive, but the execution was unproductive. Stephen Means, cleveland, 26 Sep. 2021 Respondents reported that a whopping 51% of their meetings were unproductive. Pete Christothoulou, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 By and large, the Wolverines’ possessions in 2020 were abbreviated and unproductive. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2021 Some pro-government district council members have criticized the opposition representatives’ approach as unproductive. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 This is not vilifying success or wealth, this is not preaching victimhood, this is not negative or unproductive. baltimoresun.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Luckily for the Michigan basketball, a growth spurt and unproductive outing on the mound changed the course of the history for both the school and Dickinson. Brett Crossley, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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“Unproductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unproductive. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unproductive

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

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