productive

productive
[[t]prədʌ̱ktɪv[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED Someone or something that is productive produces or does a lot for the amount of resources used.

Training makes workers highly productive...

More productive farmers have been able to provide cheaper food.

...fertile and productive soils.

Derived words:
productively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The company is certain to reinvest its profits productively.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you say that a relationship between people is productive, you mean that a lot of good or useful things happen as a result of it.

He was hopeful that the next round of talks would also be productive...

I was sorry he had left, although I soon developed a productive relationship with his successors.

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Derived words:
productively ADV ADV with v

They feel they are interacting productively with elderly patients.

3) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ of n Something that is productive of a situation or feeling creates it. [FORMAL]

Land, labor and capital are all productive of wealth.


English dictionary. 2008.

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