gainful

adjective
gain·​ful | \ ˈgān-fəl How to pronounce gainful (audio) \

Definition of gainful

: productive of gain : profitable gainful employment

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Other Words from gainful

gainfully \ ˈgān-​fə-​lē How to pronounce gainful (audio) \ adverb
gainfulness noun

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Examples of gainful in a Sentence

graduated from school and went looking for gainful employment
Recent Examples on the Web Unable to find gainful employment, two underachievers establish a revenge-for-hire business. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Creatives need gainful employment, and artists like Katie need assistance and encouragement to pursue their dreams. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prolific painter and ‘color prodigy’ shares the power of inclusion through her work," 24 Apr. 2021 In March of 2019, the foundation opened RJ’s Place Vocational and Family Support Services center to help teens and young adults on the autism spectrum complete their education, obtain vocational training and find gainful employment. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Holly Robinson Peete Talks Breaking Autism Stigmas In Black Communities & The Importance Of Inclusive Travel," 21 Apr. 2021 The TPD Discharge program allows student loan borrowers who are unable to maintain substantial, gainful employment due to a medical impairment to get their federal student loans completely forgiven. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, "400,000 Borrowers May Qualify For Student Loan Forgiveness And Not Even Know It," 19 Apr. 2021 More and more government and civil-service jobs are being staffed by Catholics, and more and more young working-class Protestant men are without a good education, gainful employment, or any sense of direction in life. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Northern Ireland’s Violence Presages Our Coming Class Conflict," 15 Apr. 2021 In recognition of the critical connection between work and mental wellbeing, the Learning Hub aims to prepare and train persons-in-recovery to be reintegrated into the community through gainful employment. Garen Staglin, Forbes, "Singapore: An International Model For Mental Health," 6 Apr. 2021 Unable to find gainful employment, two underachievers establish a revenge-for-hire business. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Unable to find gainful employment, two underachievers establish a revenge-for-hire business. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gainful

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gainful

gain entry 1 + -ful entry 1

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The first known use of gainful was in 1553

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30 Apr 2021

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“Gainful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gainful. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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gainful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gainful

: paying money

gainful

adjective
gain·​ful | \ ˈgān-fəl How to pronounce gainful (audio) \

Kids Definition of gainful

: producing gain : making money She found gainful employment.

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