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1. Not yielding or producing: nonproductive land.
2. Not engaged in the direct production of goods: nonproductive personnel.
A person who produces no useful work.

non′pro·duc′tive·ly adv.


1. (Commerce) (of workers) not directly responsible for producing goods
2. having disappointing results; unproductive
ˌnonproˈductiveness n
nonproductivity n


(ˌnɒn prəˈdʌk tɪv)

1. not productive.
2. not producing goods directly, as supervisors or inspectors.
non`pro•duc′tive•ness, non`pro•duc•tiv′i•ty (-proʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, -prɒd ək-) n.
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Adj.1.nonproductive - not directly productive; "nonproductive labor"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"
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You come home to find an empty dog food bin and a bloated, uncomfortable dog who is retching nonproductively. Is this the dreaded GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus, with volvulus meaning an obstruction caused by a twisting of the stomach or intestines) or just plain ol' food bloat (gastric dilatation)?
It may favour crossing of blood tissue barriers by indirect mechanisms involving membrane interactions between nonproductively infected and permissive cells.