lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Definition of lucrative

: producing wealth : profitable

Other Words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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Paying, gainful, remunerative, and lucrative share the meaning of bringing in a return of money, but each term casts a different light on how much green you take in. Paying is the word for jobs that yield the smallest potatoes—your first paying job probably provided satisfactory compensation, but you weren't going to get rich by it. Gainful employment might offer a bit more cash, and gainful certainly suggests that an individual is motivated by a desire for gain. Remunerative implies that a job provides more than the usual rewards, but a lucrative position is the one you want—those are the kind that go beyond your initial hopes or expectations.

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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 Donadio, New York Times Book Review, 5 Feb. 2006 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 Chass, New York Times, 16 Aug. 1994 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 Angell, New England Journal of Medicine, 17 June 1993 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 Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 The business has proved to be highly lucrative. the hired gun's mission was to turn the failing store into a lucrative operation See More
Recent Examples on the Web This can be a lucrative and effective way of continuing to leverage the all-under-one-roof resources of a major firm and not lose the opportunity to take meaningful chips off the table. Mindy Diamond, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The crown jewel of the dead attorney’s docket is a potentially lucrative and high-profile case involving a tech mogul (Christopher Gorham) accused of murdering his wife and her yoga-instructor boyfriend. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 The question will be how long the rival tour can maintain sustainability, and whether that will be enough to seriously churn the sport’s customarily calm and lucrative waters. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Disney’s latest report was sure to attract attention amid growing worries among investors and Hollywood executives that the streaming business may not be as big or lucrative as once thought. Ryan Faughnderstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Batali, who was behind the Eataly franchise and many other upscale and lucrative venues, sold all of his restaurant holdings in 2019. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 10 May 2022 As Covid hospitalization rates stabilize, at least for now, and federal and state Covid relief funding dries up, travel nurse contracts that were plentiful and lucrative are vanishing. Hannah Norman, NBC News, 8 May 2022 That's partly because word is getting out that the legal profession isn't as glamorous or lucrative as people imagine or the media depict. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 6 May 2022 In that way, Star Wars Day is potentially the most lucrative holiday of all, because the real revenue earned is all going to one place—Disney. Adario Strange, Quartz, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lucrative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lucrative

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

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“Lucrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Legal Definition of lucrative

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

Other Words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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