Part of speech: adjective

Barren; yielding no return.

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Usage examples "unproductive":

  1. And a dismal, unproductive hour, too. - "Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist", John T. McIntyre.
  2. It would be a very unproductive investment. - "Crotchet-Castle", Peacock, Thomas Love.
  3. A kind flexible temper and popular manners have produced in us, as they are too apt, a youth of easy social dissipation, and unproductive idleness; and we are overtaken too late by the consciousness of having wasted that time which cannot be recalled, and those opportunities which we cannot now recover. - "A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity.", William Wilberforce.