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Definition of "unproductive" []

  • Not productive; idle. (adjective)
  • Economics Adding nothing to exchangeable value. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unproductive" in a sentence
  • "You see, she made her own living before she married me and she's got no use for what she calls the unproductive consumer."
  • "Mr Lipsky smiled when asked about this, saying he had asked for the word "unproductive" to be removed from the statement after some "real progress" was made during ill-tempered talks the previous night ie, Germany gave up on the idea of debt swaps."
  • "Of course, sometimes they end up being stupid or go off in unproductive directions."