unproductive soil

infertile, sterile, barren, arid, unfruitful, poor

unproductive meetings

fruitless, futile, vain, idle, useless, worthless, valueless, pointless, ineffective, ineffectual, unprofitable, unrewarding

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  • unproductive — UK US /ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv/ adjective ► PRODUCTION, ECONOMICS not producing goods, crops, profits, etc. in a satisfactory amount: »unproductive investments/jobs/projects »Grass planted on currently unproductive land could form a useful extra income for …   Financial and business terms

  • unproductive — I adjective abortive, arid, barren, doomed, dry, effete, exhausted, fallow, fruitless, futile, impotent, ineffectual, inefficacious, inefficient, infecund, infecundus, infertile, inoperative, issueless, jejune, nugatory, otiose, profitless,… …   Law dictionary

  • unproductive — (adj.) 1756, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + PRODUCTIVE (Cf. productive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unproductive — [adj] idle, nonproductive barren, empty, fruitless, futile, ineffective, infertile, pointless, sterile, trivial, unprofitable, useless, worthless; concepts 267,560 …   New thesaurus

  • unproductive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, etc. 2) not achieving much; not very useful …   English terms dictionary

  • unproductive — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • unproductive — [[t]ʌ̱nprədʌ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is unproductive does not produce any good results. Research workers are well aware that much of their time and effort is unproductive. ...increasingly unproductive land. Ant: productive …   English dictionary

  • unproductive — un|pro|duc|tive [ ,ʌnprə dʌktıv ] adjective not achieving any benefits or positive results: The search proved unproductive. a. unproductive land is not good for growing crops …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unproductive — UK [ˌʌnprəˈdʌktɪv] / US adjective 1) not achieving any benefits or positive results The search proved unproductive. 2) unproductive land is not good for growing crops on …   English dictionary

  • unproductive — adjective Not productive; useless; fruitless. Juggling is an amusing pastime, but generally unproductive …   Wiktionary