lucrative

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

Definition of lucrative

: producing wealth : profitable

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lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web If there’s a regular season with no fans in attendance – which account for about 50% of a team’s gross revenue – but no postseason without the lucrative national TV money, the team's losses would increase to around $150 million each. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB safety protocols: Must finish postseason before second wave of COVID-19 hits nation," 13 May 2020 This means the club will miss out on lucrative Champions League football next season. Jan-henrik Foerster, Bloomberg.com, "Buyout Giant CVC Eyes Soccer Deals From Germany to France," 13 May 2020 Along with the big losses in the lucrative restaurant trade, Pacific halibut also is facing headwinds from increasing foreign imports. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska halibut gets battered by foreign imports - including a new Russian fishery," 12 May 2020 The deals were specifically targeted toward that lucrative segment and helped trucks outsell sedans by around 17,000 units last month. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "COVID-19 Has Brought Out Car-Buying Incentives, but Use Caution," 12 May 2020 The average salary of a Phoenix firefighter is $60,000 per year, a fraction of the lucrative contracts Schilens earned during his five years playing for the Raiders, New York Jets and Lions from 2008-13. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Retired NFL players following their second dreams with Phoenix Fire Department," 11 May 2020 No fans, then, but the money from lucrative TV rights is much needed by soccer clubs, Germany included. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dynamo Dresden's game canceled after positive coronavirus tests as Bundesliga resumption approaches," 10 May 2020 Since 2013, 29 Buckeyes have entered the draft before exhausting their college eligibility, as the best of the best from around the country come to Columbus with the expectation of three years and a lucrative pay day in the pros. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Who really benefits from Jim Harbaugh's proposal? Michigan football, of course," 9 May 2020 Not only have lucrative elective surgeries been postponed, but COVID-19 patients often require complex and lengthy care, which can be expensive. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, "COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn’t Have To.," 9 May 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lucrative. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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lucrative

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English Language Learners Definition of lucrative

: producing money or wealth

lucrative

adjective
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

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lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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