productive


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pro·duc·tive

 (prə-dŭk′tĭv, prō-)
adj.
1. Producing or capable of producing crops, goods, or services, especially in abundance: a productive stretch of land; a productive employee.
2. Marked by abundant production or achievement: a productive career. See Synonyms at fertile.
3. Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive: a productive suggestion.
4. Economics Of or involved in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth or value.
5. Effective in achieving specified results; originative. Used with of: policies productive of much harm.
6. Medicine
a. Producing mucus or sputum: a productive cough.
b. Forming new tissue: a productive inflammation.
7. Linguistics
a. Of or relating to the linguistic skills of speaking and writing.
b. 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.

pro·duc′tive·ly adv.
pro·duc′tive·ness n.

productive

(prəˈdʌktɪv)
adj
1. producing or having the power to produce; fertile
2. yielding favourable or effective results
3. (Economics) economics
a. producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange value: productive assets.
b. of or relating to such production: the productive processes of an industry.
4. (foll by: of) resulting in: productive of good results.
5. (Grammar) denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
proˈductively adv
proˈductiveness n

pro•duc•tive

(prəˈdʌk tɪv)

adj.
1. able to produce; generative; creative.
2. producing abundantly; fertile: productive land.
3. causing; bringing about (usu. fol. by of): conditions productive of crime.
4. Econ. producing goods and services that have exchange value.
5. (of a derivational affix or pattern) readily used in forming new words, as the suffix -ness.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin]
pro•duc′tive•ly, adv.
pro•duc′tive•ness, pro•duc•tiv•i•ty (ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti) n.
syn: productive, fertile, fruitful, prolific apply to the generative aspect of something. productive refers to a generative source of continuing activity: productive soil; a productive influence. fertile applies to that in which seeds, literal or figurative, take root: fertile soil; a fertile imagination. fruitful refers to that which has already produced and is capable of further production: fruitful species; fruitful discussions. prolific means highly productive: a prolific farm; a prolific writer.

productive

  • cost-effective - Anything effective and productive in relation to its cost.
  • fecund, fecundation - Fecund is another word for "fertile, fruitful, productive"; fecundation is another word for "fertilization, impregnation."
  • originary - An adjective meaning "causing existence; productive," or "primitive; primary; original."
  • teemful - Fruitful, productive, prolific.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"
creative, originative - having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination"
fertile - capable of reproducing
fruitful - productive or conducive to producing in abundance; "be fruitful and multiply"
profitable - yielding material gain or profit; "profitable speculation on the stock market"
successful - having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome; "a successful architect"; "a successful business venture"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"
2.productive - having the ability to produce or originate; "generative power"; "generative forces"
3.productive - yielding positive results
successful - having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome; "a successful architect"; "a successful business venture"
4.productive - marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"
fruitful - productive or conducive to producing in abundance; "be fruitful and multiply"

productive

productive

adjective
1. Producing or able to produce a desired effect:
2. Capable of reproducing:
Biology: proliferous.
3. Characterized by great productivity:
4. Acting effectively with minimal waste:
Translations
plodnýúrodný
frugtbar
termékeny
afrakstursmikill; frjósamur
plodenproduktiven

productive

[prəˈdʌktɪv] ADJ
1. (= efficient) [worker, land, industry] → productivo
the factory is not yet fully productivela fábrica todavía no trabaja a plena capacidad
to be productive of sth (frm) → producir algo, generar algo
2. (= fruitful) [meeting, discussion] → fructífero
I spent a productive morning in the libraryhe tenido una mañana muy fructífera or provechosa en la biblioteca

productive

[prəˈdʌktɪv] adj
[person, worker, farmer] → productif/ive; [writer, artist] → prolifique
[soil] → productif/ive
(= useful) [discussion, talk, partnership] → productif/ive

productive

adjproduktiv; mind alsoschöpferisch; landertragreich, fruchtbar; well, mineergiebig, ertragreich; business, shoprentabel; to be productive of somethingetw einbringen; to lead a productive lifeein reiches or aktives Leben führen; I don’t think it would be very productive to argue with himich halte es nicht für sehr lohnenswert, mit ihm zu streiten (inf)

productive

[prəˈdʌktɪv] adj (gen) → produttivo/a; (meeting, discussion) → fruttuoso/a; (enterprise, business) → che rende; (writer) → prolifico/a; (land, imagination) → fertile
he had a very productive day → ha avuto una giornata molto soddisfacente

produce

(prəˈdjuːs) verb
1. to bring out. She produced a letter from her pocket.
2. to give birth to. A cow produces one or two calves a year.
3. to cause. His joke produced a shriek of laughter from the children.
4. to make or manufacture. The factory produces furniture.
5. to give or yield. The country produces enough food for the population.
6. to arrange and prepare (a theatre performance, film, television programme etc). The play was produced by Henry Dobson.
(ˈprodjuːs) noun
something that is produced, especially crops, eggs, milk etc from farms. agricultural/farm produce.
proˈducer noun
a person who produces a play, film, etc, but is usually not responsible for instructing the actors.
product (ˈprodəkt) noun
1. a result. The plan was the product of hours of thought.
2. something manufactured. The firm manufactures metal products.
3. the result of multiplying one number by another. The product of 9 and 2 is 18.
proˈduction (-ˈdakʃən) noun
1. the act or process of producing something. car-production; The production of the film cost a million dollars.
2. the amount produced, especially of manufactured goods. The new methods increased production.
3. a particular performance, or set of repeated performances, of a play etc. I prefer this production of `Hamlet' to the one I saw two years ago.
proˈductive (-ˈdaktiv) adjective
(negative unproductive) producing a lot; fruitful. productive land; Our discussion was not very productive.
productivity (prodəkˈtivəti) noun
the rate or efficiency of work especially in industrial production.

pro·duc·tive

a. productivo-a, fecundo-a.
References in classic literature ?
The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together.
At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged, the feudal organisation of agriculture and manufacturing industry, in one word, the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters.
Now a terrible fall, averted in such fashion, was productive of shock.
The apportionment, in the first instance, and the progressive extinguishment afterward, would be alike productive of ill-humor and animosity.
Delinquencies, from whatever causes, would be productive of complaints, recriminations, and quarrels.
Now, the moral side of an industry, productive or unproductive, the redeeming and ideal aspect of this bread-winning, is the attainment and preservation of the highest possible skill on the part of the craftsmen.
My interference, innocent as it was,' she wrote, 'has already been productive of such deplorable results, that I cannot and dare not stir any further in the case of Ferrari.
Never yet, my dear girl, did I long to administer a productive pecuniary Squeeze to any human creature, as I long to administer it to Mr.
The company having now pretty well satisfied their thirst, nothing remained but to pay the reckoning, a circumstance often productive of much mischief and discontent among the inferior rank of gentry, who are apt to find great difficulty in assessing the sum, with exact regard to distributive justice, which directs that every man shall pay according to the quantity which he drinks.
Dashwood, persuaded that such an excursion would be productive of much amusement to both her daughters, and perceiving through all her affectionate attention to herself, how much the heart of Marianne was in it, would not hear of their declining the offer upon HER account; insisted on their both accepting it directly; and then began to foresee, with her usual cheerfulness, a variety of advantages that would accrue to them all, from this separation.
That day they brought up curious specimens from those productive coasts.
As to the moral part of his character, the depth of his talent for accounts, and his ingenuity in making sterility itself productive, were much boasted of.