lucrative

adjective lu·cra·tive \ ˈlü-krə-tiv \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of lucrative

:producing wealth :profitable

lucratively

adverb

lucrativeness

noun

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Examples of lucrative in a Sentence

  1. Their success has given Gladwell an active, and extremely lucrative, second career as a public speaker. Much in demand, he is paid in the neighborhood of $40,000 per lecture. —Rachel DonadioNew York Times Book Review5 Feb. 2006
  2. Clubs take care of their star and other best players first, paying them lucrative salaries. By the time they get to the bottom half of the roster, they would not have enough money left to pay veterans worthwhile salaries … —Murray ChassNew York Times16 Aug. 1994
  3. Since the health care industry is lucrative and largely insulated from the usual disciplines of the marketplace, it has been able to absorb an ever-growing fraction of the gross domestic product. —Marcia AngellNew England Journal of Medicine17 June 1993
  4. The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race. —Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities1859
  5. The business has proved to be highly lucrative.

  6. the hired gun's mission was to turn the failing store into a lucrative operation

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Origin and Etymology of lucrative

Middle English lucratif, from Middle French, from Latin lucrativus, from lucratus, past participle of lucrari to gain, from lucrum


LUCRATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

lucrative

adjective

Definition of lucrative for English Language Learners

  • : producing money or wealth


Law Dictionary

lucrative

adjective lu·cra·tive \ ˈlü-krə-tiv \

legal Definition of lucrative

1 :producing wealth or profit
2 :acquired, received, or had without burdensome conditions or giving of consideration

lucratively

adverb

lucrativeness

noun


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