Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VIII. Causation
3. Power in Operation

169. Unproductiveness.

   NOUN:UNPRODUCTIVENESS &c. adj.; infertility, sterility, infecundity; impotence [See Impotence]; unprofitableness (inutility) [See Inutility].
  WASTE, desert, Sahara, wild, karoo, wilderness, howling wilderness.
   VERB:BE UNPRODUCTIVE &c. adj.; hang fire, flash in the pan, come to nothing.
   ADJECTIVE:UNPRODUCTIVE, acarpous, inoperative, barren, addle, unfertile, unprolific, arid, sterile, unfruitful, infecund, [rare], jejune, infertile; useless, otiose; sine prole [L.]; fallow; teemless, issueless, fruitless, infructuose [rare]; unprofitable (useless) [See Inutility]; null and void, of no effect.
   QUOTATION:No one can dam the Mississippi.—Roosevelt