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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 .
Explanation of productive by Wordnet Dictionary
- a productive vineyard
- 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.
Definition of productive by GCIDE Dictionary