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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Recent Examples on the Web Around $170 million was paid to Liverpool for Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, whose unproductive time at the club came to end with a loan move to Bayern Munich after less than two years in Barcelona. Matias Grez, CNN, "'More than a Club?' How FC Barcelona 'lost its soul'," 7 Aug. 2020 The roots of the economic crisis are complicated, but as Hannes Baumann explains in a recent paper, the Lebanese elite has for decades pursued a form of unproductive rentier capitalism. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Can Lebanon be saved?," 6 Aug. 2020 This is not a good time to join a new group or flaunt your opinions in public places, as disagreements are likely to be unproductive. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 5, 2020: Gemini, entertain yourself on the cheap; Virgo, be nice at work," 5 Aug. 2020 Interguard, meanwhile, generates reports quantifying the amount of time workers spend on given websites and apps their companies deem unproductive. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Is Your Boss Spying on You While You Work from Home?," 4 June 2020 Acevedo said placing blame is unproductive while local police are working to keep citizens safe. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'This is not Hollywood': Head of police chiefs association tells Trump to 'keep your mouth shut' about law enforcement," 3 June 2020 Those costs pile up as the contagion of traffic spreads, until swaths of the city are sick and unproductive. Matt Simon, Wired, "Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 The cost of unproductive meetings comes to more than U.S. $399 billion annually. Marie Kondo, Marie Claire, "Marie Kondo on How to Spark Joy in Your Career," 6 Apr. 2020 Yet agriculture accounts for less than 9% of GDP, which means that rural labour is still extremely unproductive. The Economist, "Why China needs bigger farms," 11 Jan. 2018

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unproductive

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

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