unproductive

  • 1 unproductive — UK US /ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/ adjective ► PRODUCTION, ECONOMICS not producing goods, crops, profits, etc. in a satisfactory amount: »unproductive investments/jobs/projects »Grass planted on currently unproductive land could form a useful extra income for …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 unproductive — I adjective abortive, arid, barren, doomed, dry, effete, exhausted, fallow, fruitless, futile, impotent, ineffectual, inefficacious, inefficient, infecund, infecundus, infertile, inoperative, issueless, jejune, nugatory, otiose, profitless,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 unproductive — (adj.) 1756, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + PRODUCTIVE (Cf. productive) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 unproductive — [adj] idle, nonproductive barren, empty, fruitless, futile, ineffective, infertile, pointless, sterile, trivial, unprofitable, useless, worthless; concepts 267,560 …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 unproductive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, etc. 2) not achieving much; not very useful …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 unproductive — [spelling only] …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 unproductive — [[t]ʌ̱nprədʌ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is unproductive does not produce any good results. Research workers are well aware that much of their time and effort is unproductive. ...increasingly unproductive land. Ant: productive …

    English dictionary

  • 8 unproductive — un|pro|duc|tive [ ,ʌnprə dʌktıv ] adjective not achieving any benefits or positive results: The search proved unproductive. a. unproductive land is not good for growing crops …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 unproductive — adjective 1) unproductive soil Syn: infertile, sterile, barren, arid, unfruitful, poor Ant: fertile 2) unproductive meetings Syn: fruitless, futile …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 unproductive — UK [ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv] / US adjective 1) not achieving any benefits or positive results The search proved unproductive. 2) unproductive land is not good for growing crops on …

    English dictionary

  • 11 unproductive — adjective Not productive; useless; fruitless. Juggling is an amusing pastime, but generally unproductive …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 unproductive — adj. Unproductive is used with these nouns: ↑labour …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 unproductive — un|pro|duct|ive [ˌʌnprəˈdʌktıv] adj not achieving very much ▪ an unproductive meeting …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 unproductive — adjective not producing any good results: I ve had a very unproductive week …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 unproductive — /ʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/ (say unpruh duktiv) adjective 1. not fruitful; producing nothing. –phrase 2. unproductive of, not producing or providing. –unproductively, adverb –unproductiveness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 unproductive — adj.; unproductively, adv.; unproductiveness, n. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 unproductive — Synonyms and related words: abortive, acarpous, arid, barren, bootless, celibate, childless, desert, desolate, drained, dried up, dry, exhausted, fallow, fruitless, gainless, gaunt, gelded, impotent, ineffective, ineffectual, infecund, infertile …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 unproductive — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. inoperative; barren, unfertile, unprolific; arid, dry, sterile, unfruitful; fruitless, bootless; fallow; impotent, issueless; unprofitable, useless; null and void, of no effect. See uselessness,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 unproductive — adj. not productive; unfruitful, not prolific; unavailing …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 unproductive — adjective 1》 not producing large amounts of goods, crops, etc. 2》 not achieving much; not very useful. Derivatives unproductively adverb unproductiveness noun …

    English new terms dictionary


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