gainful

adjective
gain·​ful | \ˈgān-fəl \

Definition of gainful 

: productive of gain : profitable gainful employment

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Other Words from gainful

gainfully \ˈgān-​fə-​lē \ adverb
gainfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for gainful

Synonyms

economic, fat, juicy, lucrative, money-spinning [chiefly British], moneymaking, paying, profitable, remunerative

Antonyms

unprofitable

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Examples of gainful in a Sentence

graduated from school and went looking for gainful employment

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America must restore the norm of gainful employment for all who are mentally and physically able and are not working in the home. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Work: The New Political Breakthrough," 20 Nov. 2018 This makes it that much harder for people with bad credit to get the gainful employment needed to repair their scores. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 DeVos has ordered that this federal regulation, called the gainful-employment rule, be overhauled. Jon Marcus /, NBC News, "As the Trump administration pulls back, states step in to regulate questionable colleges," 6 July 2018 Other countries are trying harder to get women into gainful employment. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 After reviewing student loan borrower claims and other records, the department determined 51 Corinthian programs had met guidelines for instruction that leads to gainful employment, while six had failed. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Student loans: Former Corinthian Colleges students win a reprieve in fight with feds," 27 May 2018 The system has a terrible track record of ushering poor recipients into gainful employment. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Macron’s Next Good Fight," 21 June 2018 Regardless of the specialty chosen, graduates usually easily find gainful employment, Lyford said. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Wharton County Junior College’s Computer Science Program provides cutting-edge training," 15 June 2018 After reviewing student loan borrower claims and other records, the department determined 51 Corinthian programs had met guidelines for instruction that leads to gainful employment, while six had failed. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Student loans: Former Corinthian Colleges students win a reprieve in fight with feds," 27 May 2018

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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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gainful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gainful

: paying money

gainful

adjective
gain·​ful | \ˈgān-fəl \

Kids Definition of gainful

: producing gain : making money She found gainful employment.

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