having the power of ; generative; creative:
a productive effort.
producing readily or abundantly; fertile:
a productive vineyard.
causing; bringing about (usually followed by of):
conditions productive of crime and sin.
Economics. producing or tending to produce goods and services having exchange value.
Grammar. (of derivational affixes or patterns) readily used in forming new words, as the suffix -ness.
(in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of speaking and writing (opposed to ).
producing or having the power to produce; fertile
yielding favourable or effective results
producing or capable of producing goods and services that have monetary or exchange value: productive assets
of or relating to such production: the productive processes of an industry
(postpositive) foll by of. resulting in: productive of good results
denoting an affix or combining form used to produce new words
1610s, from French productif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin productivus “fit for production,” from Latin product-, past participle stem of producere (see produce (v.)). Related: Productively; productiveness.
productive pro·duc·tive (prə-dŭk’tĭv, prō-)
Producing or capable of producing mucus or sputum.
Forming new tissue, as of an inflammation.
the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services: The productivity of the group’s effort surprised everyone. Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or : Productivity increased dramatically last year. Grammar. the ability to form new words using […]
a person who believes in progress, as of humankind or society. Historical Examples In the new world of our progressionist teachers, it is electricity that is the real motive-power. Dreams Jerome K. Jerome He was by education and preference a Tory; by necessity he became a progressionist. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, […]
a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant , especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods. to act as a profiteer. Historical Examples profiteer (after trying a variety of patterns without success). Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920 Various It is the profiteer, not privation, that makes man shake his […]
favoring or advocating , change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: a progressive mayor. making toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community. characterized by such , or by continuous improvement. (initial capital […]