from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of being productive.
  • noun Economics The rate at which goods or services are produced especially output per unit of labor.
  • noun Ecology The rate at which photosynthesizing or chemosynthesizing producers form organic substances that can be used as food by consumers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The power of producing; productiveness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being productive; productiveness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being productive, fertile or efficient
  • noun the rate at which goods or services are produced by a standard population of workers
  • noun the rate at which crops are grown on a standard area of land

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

  • noun (economics) the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time
  • noun the quality of being productive or having the power to produce


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word productivity.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.