Definitions

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

  • adj. Not productive; idle.
  • adj. Economics Adding nothing to exchangeable value.

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  • adj. Not productive; useless; fruitless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not productive; barren; more especially, not producing large crops; not making profitable returns for labor: as, unproductive land; in political economics, not increasing the quantity or exchangeable value of articles of consumption: as, unproductive labor.
  • Not producing some specified effect or result: with of: as, acts unproductive of good.

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

  • adj. not producing or capable of producing
  • adj. not producing desired results

Etymologies

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un- +‎ productive

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