Definitions of unproductive

  1. Barren; yielding no return. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. Not productive; not producing large crops; not making profitable returns for labour; not efficient. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. Barren; not producing large crops; not producing profit or interest, as money. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for unproductive

  1. The Nelsons, of course, were early on the ground, for in spite of the father's contention that they could ill afford, at the moment, to tie up more money in unproductive properties, the son had argued that they must have " protection," and his arguments had prevailed. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  2. He has no right to run risks, but does not feel it his duty to avoid an unproductive luxuriousness. – Psychology and Social Sanity by Hugo Münsterberg