What is the opposite of productive?

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Opposite of yielding good, useful or expected results
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“Meanwhile, in the woods, Alonzo continued the fruitless search for his beloved Rose.”
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Opposite of providing a reasonable or high degree of benefit
“Talking over each other is unproductive. Someone must yield the floor and there's no crime in you being that person.”
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Opposite of producing or able to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities
“It only comes out at the outskirts of the land where the barren wasteland ends and things begin to grow again.”
Adjective
(of a system) Opposite of capable of maximizing productivity at no expense of extra resources
“Procedures that were set up to expose and correct dishonesty were themselves blocked or shown to be inefficient.”
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Opposite of for one's benefit
“Whilst the tribe accepted the King's token of appreciation, it was useless to them.”
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Opposite of having the ability to produce financial growth or gain
“This is an unprofitable business and some big decisions will need to be made soon on its future.”
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Opposite of producing a surplus
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(attributive to a person) Opposite of having the ability to make prudent and careful decisions on the use of resources
“He is either deliberately misconstruing the statement, or is utterly incompetent.”
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Opposite of bringing wealth and success
“After yet another unsuccessful venture, he felt like the American dream was eluding him.”
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Opposite of busy or involving much activity
“We walked in and observed inactive workers sitting around and chatting with each other.”
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Opposite of using materials at hand efficiently
“This is a wasteful process that will cause a net loss of nitrogen to livestock and pollution of the environment.”
Adjective
Opposite of now used chiefly of egg-laying animals, or metaphorically
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Opposite of pleasing to the mind or senses
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Opposite of producing many new and inventive ideas
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Opposite of rich and profuse in growth
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Opposite of relating to agriculture
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