lucrative

adjective
lu·cra·tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv \

Definition of lucrative 

: producing wealth : profitable

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Other words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lucrative

Synonyms

economic, fat, gainful, moneymaking, paying, profitable, remunerative

Antonyms

unprofitable

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Examples of lucrative in a Sentence

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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It would be replaced by a system that is more fun, more interesting, more lucrative and just as controversial. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 In addition to putting Europe back on its feet, the Marshall Plan opened a huge and increasingly lucrative export market for US businesses. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 By the late 1950s, what was once the important and lucrative ice harvesting industry entirely vanished after the introduction and transition to electric refrigeration. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Ice 'harvesting' was an important cold cash industry," 29 June 2018 The move makes Amazon a serious player in the lucrative but complex market for pharmacy services. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Amazon acquires online pharmacy PillPack in move into health care," 28 June 2018 The global ride-sharing juggernaut Uber Inc. wants the citizens of one of its largest markets to know that its service is safe for riders and lucrative for drivers. Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg.com, "Flanked by its Drivers, Uber Girds for a Battle in London Courts," 25 June 2018 They are hailed as accomplished, successful icons of feminism and flawless beauty based solely on their achievements in the lucrative field of being related to Donald Trump. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Melania Trump vs. Ivanka Trump: Who Is the Beckiest of Them All?," 22 June 2018 Verizon wants to challenge Google and Facebook in the huge and lucrative field of digital advertising — and having more content could help. Mae Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal?," 13 June 2018 Keeping my beard became not just possible, but lucrative. Meredith Clark, Allure, "5 Women With PCOS Explain Why They Choose to Celebrate Their Facial Hair," 29 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lucrative

: producing money or wealth

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

Other words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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