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1. Not productive; idle.
2. Economics Adding nothing to exchangeable value.

un′pro·duc′tive·ly adv.
un′pro·duc′tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unproductiveness - the quality of lacking the power to produceunproductiveness - the quality of lacking the power to produce
aridity, barrenness, fruitlessness - the quality of yielding nothing of value
productiveness, productivity - the quality of being productive or having the power to produce
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signifies sterility, unproductiveness, and death (Cafagna 4).
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43-44, when parenthetically indicating his secular art's spiritual unproductiveness, its limitations.
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As for Cunningham, it's been a whole lot of public unproductiveness and private whispering that he's another in a recent string of second-round busts by the Patriots.
His 5 points and Mofunanya's unproductiveness in the quarter boosted Sadd's confidence to end the quarter in their favour, enjoying a 10-point lead (40- 30).
Privatisation of expenditure means the loss of its unproductiveness, the private the end of excess and generosity, the facade of ostentatious spectacle compromised to the "sordid and rapacious face" (54) of the bourgeois (home).
That became clearer earlier this week as grumblings from both the Plaid and Lib Dem camps about the unproductiveness of their negotiations with the Government grew louder.