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non·pro·duc·tive

 (nŏn′prə-dŭk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Not yielding or producing: nonproductive land.
2. Not engaged in the direct production of goods: nonproductive personnel.
n.
A person who produces no useful work.

non′pro·duc′tive·ly adv.

nonproductive

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

non•pro•duc•tive

(ˌnɒn prəˈdʌk tɪv)

adj.
1. not productive.
2. not producing goods directly, as supervisors or inspectors.
[1920–25]
non`pro•duc′tive•ness, non`pro•duc•tiv′i•ty (-proʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, -prɒd ək-) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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