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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 worka 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
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