un·​pro·​duc·​tive ˌən-prə-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce unproductive (audio)
: not effective in bringing something about : not yielding results, benefits, or profits : not productive
unproductive meetings
unproductive strategies
unproductive workers

Examples of unproductive in a Sentence

crop rotation had prevented the farmland from becoming unproductive her attempts to write a novel have been unproductive
Recent Examples on the Web The paralysis in 2023 and 2024 over the selection of the speaker of the House helped lead to one of Congress’ most unproductive years in history. Charlie Hunt, The Conversation, 15 May 2024 On Monday, the university’s president, Christopher Eisgruber, spoke for the first time with a group of students and faculty about divestment and disassociation from Israel, a meeting that lasted only an hour, and one that the objectors found unproductive. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 10 May 2024 Many/most/nearly all of the obscene costs intrinsic to these hospitals is promulgated by endless uncompensated and unproductive government meddling and mandates, the end product of which is DMV-like bureaucracy and bloat. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, 4 May 2024 It's actually been a really unproductive Congress for this term, and this is a big win on a real big campaign promise. Wired Staff, WIRED, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for unproductive 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 18 Jun. 2024.

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