nonproductive
adjective Date: 1868 not productive: as a. failing to produce or yield ; unproductive <
a nonproductive oil well
>
b. not directly concerned with production <
the nonproductive labor of clerks and inspectors
>
c. of a cough dry 3a • nonproductiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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