Productive
Productive Pro*duc"tive, a. [F. productif, L. productivus fit for prolongation.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Bringing into being; causing to exist; producing; originative; as, an age productive of great men; a spirit productive of heroic achievements. [1913 Webster]

And kindle with thy own productive fire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

This is turning nobility into a principle of virtue, and making it productive of merit. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

3. Producing, or able to produce, in large measure; fertile; profitable. [1913 Webster] -- {Pro*duc"tive*ly}, adv. -- {Pro*duc"tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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