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un·pro·duc·tive

 (ŭn′prə-dŭk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Not productive; idle.
2. Economics Adding nothing to exchangeable value.

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

unproductive

(ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv)
adj
1. (often foll by of) not productive of (anything)
2. (Economics) not producing goods and services with exchange value
ˌunproˈductively adv
ˌunproˈductiveness, unˌproducˈtivity n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unproductive - not producing or capable of producingunproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"
uncreative - not creative; "an uncreative imagination"
infertile, sterile, unfertile - incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple"
unprofitable - producing little or no profit or gain; "deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"
productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"
2.unproductive - not producing desired resultsunproductive - not producing desired results; "the talks between labor and management were unproductive"
ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective - not producing an intended effect; "an ineffective teacher"; "ineffective legislation"

unproductive

unproductive

adjective
Lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops:
Translations

unproductive

[ˈʌnprəˈdʌktɪv] ADJ [capital, soil etc] → improductivo; [meeting etc] → infructuoso

unproductive

[ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv] adj [day, factory, capital] → improductif/ive; [land] → improductif/ive, stérile; [discussion, meeting] → stérile
The meeting was unproductive → La réunion n'a rien donné.

unproductive

adj capitalnicht gewinnbringend, keinen Gewinn bringend attr; soilunfruchtbar, ertragsarm; discussion, meetingunproduktiv, unergiebig; factory, workerunproduktiv

unproductive

[ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv] adjimproduttivo/a; (discussion) → sterile
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And then Schliemann went on to outline some of the wastes of competition: the losses of industrial warfare; the ceaseless worry and friction; the vices--such as drink, for instance, the use of which had nearly doubled in twenty years, as a consequence of the intensification of the economic struggle; the idle and unproductive members of the community, the frivolous rich and the pauperized poor; the law and the whole machinery of repression; the wastes of social ostentation, the milliners and tailors, the hairdressers, dancing masters, chefs and lackeys.
which is to say, they were the nation, the actual Nation; they were about all of it that was useful, or worth sav- ing, or really respect-worthy, and to subtract them would have been to subtract the Nation and leave behind some dregs, some refuse, in the shape of a king, nobility and gentry, idle, unproductive, acquainted mainly with the arts of wasting and destroying, and of no sort of use or value in any rationally constructed world.
I had, by cross- ways and by-paths, once more drawn near the tract of moorland; and now, only a few fields, almost as wild and unproductive as the heath from which they were scarcely reclaimed, lay between me and the dusky hill.
He slowly winked his green eye; sighed with deep feeling; and buried his insolvent hands in his unproductive pockets.
She, the daughter of a petty baron, who boasted for all his domains but a ruinous tower, and an unproductive vineyard, and some few leagues of the barren Landes of Bourdeaux, her name was known wherever deeds of arms were done, known wider than that of many a lady's that had a county for a dowery.
The nature of a court of equity will readily permit the extension of its jurisdiction to matters of law; but it is not a little to be suspected, that the attempt to extend the jurisdiction of the courts of law to matters of equity will not only be unproductive of the advantages which may be derived from courts of chancery, on the plan upon which they are established in this State, but will tend gradually to change the nature of the courts of law, and to undermine the trial by jury, by introducing questions too complicated for a decision in that mode.
A small, low door gave egress from the walled space we have been describing into the projected street, the ground having been abandoned as unproductive by its various renters, and had now fallen so completely in general estimation as to return not even the one-half per cent it had originally paid.
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.
One of these hills is the ancient Mount of Blessings and the other the Mount of Curses and wise men who seek for fulfillments of prophecy think they find here a wonder of this kind--to wit, that the Mount of Blessings is strangely fertile and its mate as strangely unproductive.
Though her engagement to Martin had been kept secret, their long intimacy had not been unproductive of gossip; and in the shop, glancing covertly at her lover and his following, had been several of her acquaintances.
Linnaeus has calculated that if an annual plant produced only two seeds--and there is no plant so unproductive as this--and their seedlings next year produced two, and so on, then in twenty years there would be a million plants.
Beetles occur in very small numbers: it was long before I could believe that a country as large as Scotland, covered with vegetable productions and with a variety of stations, could be so unproductive.