gainful

adjective

gain·​ful ˈgān-fəl How to pronounce gainful (audio)
: productive of gain : profitable
gainful employment
gainfully adverb
gainfulness noun

Examples of gainful in a Sentence

graduated from school and went looking for gainful employment
Recent Examples on the Web The Total and Permanent Disability discharge program allows federal student loan borrowers to request debt cancellation due to a physical or psychological condition that prevents them from engaging in substantial, gainful employment. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In many of his songs, love sucked, gainful work was elusive, and the choice between redemption and destruction was often decided by a single step. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 There wasn’t a host of options for an underage kid in New Jersey in terms of gainful employment, and his main interests at the time — skating, graffiti, filming his friends on his camcorder — weren’t necessarily gateways to a paying gig. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Aug. 2023 His medical insurance is running out, and despite his goal of gainful employment, Truelove hopes to be approved for disability benefits. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2023 An additional 94 black professionals graduated as associate software engineers and the organization is on pace to help 200 graduates find gainful and immediate employment. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 6 June 2023 In the last week or so, the White House has announced key student loan relief for three specific groups: disabled people who are unable to find gainful employment, former or current active-duty military members and people defrauded by the schools that got their loan money. Maria Abreu, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 With a mission to restore participants' confidence and help get them back on the road to self-sufficiency and a more gainful path to employment, all of these services allow participants to leave with a plan to better their lives and take on larger, more productive roles in our community. baltimoresun.com, 7 Nov. 2020 The Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge program can wipe out the federal student loan debt for borrowers who are unable to maintain substantial, gainful employment due to a medical impairment. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gainful was in 1553

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“Gainful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gainful. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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gainful

adjective
gain·​ful ˈgān-fəl How to pronounce gainful (audio)
: producing gain : making money
gainful employment
gainfully adverb
gainfulness noun

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