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 farmers.

WORKPLACE, MEETINGS not achieving good results: unproductive discussions/meetings »

70% of managers said they could save 10% of their time if they could avoid unproductive meetings.

unproductive labour/staff/workers »

Falling prices forced companies to cut unproductive workers.


Sales supervisors can help salespersons convert unproductive time into productive time.

Compare PRODUCTIVE(Cf. ↑productive)

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  • 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

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