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Meaning of productive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    productive ( comparative more productive, superlative most productive )

    1. Capable of producing something, especially in abundance; fertile
    2. yielding good or useful results; constructive
    3. Of, or relating to the creation of goods or services
    4. ( linguistics, of an affix or word construction rule ) consistently applicable to any of an open set of words

    Usage notes

    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 .


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    See also

    • productive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • productive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of productive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. marked by great fruitfulness

    2. a productive vineyard
    3. producing or capable of producing ( especially abundantly )

    4. productive farmland
      his productive years
      a productive collaboration
    5. having the ability to produce or originate

    6. yielding positive results

    Definition of productive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Productive a. [F. productif, L. productivus fit for prolongation.]

      1. Having the quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results; as, “productive soil; productive enterprises; productive labor, that which increases the number or amount of products.”

      2. Bringing into being; causing to exist; producing; originative; as, “an age productive of great men; a spirit productive of heroic achievements.”

      And kindle with thy own productive fire. Dryden.

      This is turning nobility into a principle of virtue, and making it productive of merit. Spectator.

      3. Producing, or able to produce, in large measure; fertile; profitable.

      -- Productively, adv. -- Productiveness, n.