from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Producing or capable of producing.
  • adj. Producing abundantly; fertile. See Synonyms at fertile.
  • adj. Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive.
  • adj. Economics Of or involved in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth or value.
  • adj. Effective in achieving specified results; originative: policies productive of much harm.
  • adj. Medicine Producing mucus or sputum: a productive cough.
  • adj. Medicine Forming new tissue: a productive inflammation.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the linguistic skills of speaking and writing.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to a linguistic element or rule that can be used to form further examples of a particular feature or pattern. The English past tense suffix -ed is productive since it continues to be added to new verbs to form the past tense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile
  • adj. yielding good or useful results; constructive
  • adj. Of, or relating to the creation of goods or services
  • adj. consistently applicable to any of an open set of words

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results
  • adj. Bringing into being; causing to exist; producing; originative
  • adj. Producing, or able to produce, in large measure; fertile; profitable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to produce; having the power of producing: as, an age productive of great men.
  • Fertile; producing abundant crops: as, a productive soil.
  • In political economics, causing or tending to cause an increase in the quantity or quality of things of value; causing commodities to possess exchangeable value: as, productive labor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. yielding positive results
  • adj. producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
  • adj. having the ability to produce or originate
  • adj. marked by great fruitfulness


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