Definition of unproductive:
unprofitable, rich, poor, otiose, cultivate, bony, cash crop, profitless, arable, crop, nonproductive, impotent, futile, unavailing, waste, unsuccessful, ineffective, stark, sleeveless, fruitless, cultivated, vain, inefficacious, impoverished, hardscrabble, bootless, crop rotation, desolate, uneffective, useless, abortive, dry, combine, crop circle, corn, ineffectual, dead.
Does not the principle which converts a heath into pasturage and corn- fields, or a collection of furze- bushes or brambles into a fruit- garden, demand that all unproductive trees should give way as fast as possible, in a civilized country, to other trees which afford food to the inhabitants?- "A Morning's Walk from London to Kew", Richard Phillips.
- "The Village Rector", Honore de Balzac.
There are several reasons why it cannot, into some of which we may enquire later; but the objection to the jail system which I wish to emphasize just now is, that it not only makes slaves of convicts, but, unlike the more reasonable southern negro slavery, it makes them unproductive slaves.- "The Subterranean Brotherhood", Julian Hawthorne.