gainful

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adjective gain·ful \ˈgān-fəl\

Definition of gainful

  1. :  productive of gain :  profitable gainful employment

gainfully

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gainfulness

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Examples of gainful in a Sentence

  1. graduated from school and went looking for gainful employment

Origin and Etymology of gainful

1gain + 1-ful


First Known Use: 1553


GAINFUL Defined for English Language Learners

gainful

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adjective gain·ful \ˈgān-fəl\

Definition of gainful for English Language Learners

  • : paying money


GAINFUL Defined for Kids

gainful

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adjective gain·ful \ˈgān-fəl\

Definition of gainful for Students

  1. :  producing gain :  making money She found gainful employment.



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