productive
adjective Date: 1612 1. having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance <
productive fishing waters
>
2. effective in bringing about <
investigating committees have been productive of much good — R. K. Carr
>
3. a. yielding results, benefits, or profits b. yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities 4. continuing to be used in the formation of new words or constructions <
un- is a productive prefix
>
5. raising mucus or sputum (as from the bronchi) <
a productive cough
>
productively adverbproductiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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