Meaning of “unproductive” in the English Dictionary

"unproductive" in British English

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unproductiveadjective

uk /ˌʌn.prəˈdʌk.tɪv/ us /ˌʌn.prəˈdʌk.tɪv/

(Definition of “unproductive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unproductive" in American English

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unproductiveadjective

us /ˌʌn·prəˈdʌk·tɪv/

not useful, or not creating anything:

We wasted three days in unproductive discussions.

(Definition of “unproductive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unproductive" in Business English

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unproductiveadjective

/ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/ uk us

PRODUCTION, ECONOMICS not producing goods, crops, profits, etc. in a satisfactory amount:

Grass planted on currently unproductive land could form a useful extra income for farmers.

WORKPLACE, MEETINGS not achieving good results:

unproductive discussions/meetings 70% of managers said they could save 10% of their time if they could avoid unproductive meetings.
unproductive labour/staff/workers Falling prices forced companies to cut unproductive workers.
Sales supervisors can help salespersons convert unproductive time into productive time.
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(Definition of “unproductive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)