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productive

adjective     /prəˈdʌktɪv/
PRODUCTION, ECONOMICS producing a large number of goods , crops , profit , etc. or doing a lot of work : productive farmland/sector/economy The only remaining option is to switch underemployed workers from agriculture to more productive sectors .productive worker/employee/citizen The idea was to reward France's highly productive workers with shorter working hours .
WORKPLACE, MEETINGS achieving good results : The negotiations were reported to have been "very productive." a productive day's work a productive meeting/conversation/discussion You can't have a productive discussion if people aren't listening to each other.
PRODUCTION relating to production of goods : There is a great demand for water for productive purposes . The diagram shows the productive structure of the firm .
→ See also productively, total productive maintenance, unproductive
(Definition of productive adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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