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Synonyms for unproductive

Synonyms for unproductive

lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops

Antonyms for unproductive

not producing or capable of producing

not producing desired results

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And then Schliemann went on to outline some of the wastes of competition: the losses of industrial warfare; the ceaseless worry and friction; the vices--such as drink, for instance, the use of which had nearly doubled in twenty years, as a consequence of the intensification of the economic struggle; the idle and unproductive members of the community, the frivolous rich and the pauperized poor; the law and the whole machinery of repression; the wastes of social ostentation, the milliners and tailors, the hairdressers, dancing masters, chefs and lackeys.
I had, by cross- ways and by-paths, once more drawn near the tract of moorland; and now, only a few fields, almost as wild and unproductive as the heath from which they were scarcely reclaimed, lay between me and the dusky hill.
He slowly winked his green eye; sighed with deep feeling; and buried his insolvent hands in his unproductive pockets.
It costs but little to live, the idler's life alone is a costly one, and I am not sure that the unproductive consumer is not robbing the community at large.
It still encumbered the south wall with its unproductive branches.
The term deposit facility is a tool used by the BSP to immobilize excess liquidity in the local financial system that could otherwise be used for unproductive speculative activities in the local markets.
Launched early in 2017 by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Agile Alliance, the Brightline Initiative is a non-commercial coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive and unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery.
A number of local unproductive farms have started to look for effective ways to enhance their investment and output to improve food security in Qatar.
The current laws, rules and regulations are preferring trade over industry and pushing capital towards unproductive sectors like real estate and the stock market, it said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and chief negotiator on European Union accession Omer Celik accused Cyprus of unilaterally blocking the opening of new chapters and of adopting an unproductive stance at the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Tuesday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Wednesday that the European Union (EU) stances in dealing with the human rights issues are failed and unproductive.
Now that it is getting increasingly certain that this year's budget will undergo revision, experts recommend that the Government should cut unproductive costs and avoid unnecessary taking of new loans.
The bank said that a strong and robust bankruptcy code would encourage reforms for the banking industry to help unlock the unproductive capital stuck in the economy.
LOUD talkers, ringing phones and unnecessary meetings are making UK workers unproductive and costing businesses PS250m a year, research shows.
This is why talks of impeaching President Aquino is both unproductive and divisive," Binay said in a statement.