- An example of something that would be described as productive is a machine that cans a large volume vegetables.
- An example of someone who would be described as productive is a person who completes a lot of work in a short amount of time.
- producing abundantly; fertile: productive soil, a productive mind
- marked by abundant production or effective results: a productive day
- bringing as a result (with of): war is productive of much misery
- Econ. of or engaged in the creating of economic value, or the producing of goods and services
- Linguis. designating any affix or method which can be and still is used to make new forms: “non-” is a productive prefix
Origin of productiveMedieval Latin productivus from LL, fit for prolongation from Classical Latin productus, past participle of producere: see produce
- Producing or capable of producing crops, goods, or services, especially in abundance: a productive stretch of land; a productive employee.
- Marked by abundant production or achievement: a productive career. See Synonyms at fertile.
- Yielding favorable or useful results; constructive: a productive suggestion.
- Economics Of or involved in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth or value.
- Effective in achieving specified results; originative. Used with of : policies productive of much harm.
- Medicine a. Producing mucus or sputum: a productive cough.b. Forming new tissue: a productive inflammation.
- Linguistics a. Of or relating to the linguistic skills of speaking and writing.b. Of or relating to a linguistic element or rule that can be used to form further examples of a particular feature or pattern. The English past tense suffix -ed is productive since it continues to be added to new verbs to form the past tense.
(comparative more productive, superlative most productive)
In English, the plural suffix “-es" is productive because it can be appended to an open set of words (singular nouns ending in sibilants). Thus, if a new word with that pattern becomes an English noun (e.g. *examplex), it would have a default plural (e.g. *examplexes) because “-es" is productive.