profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce profitable (audio) , ˈpräf-tə-bəl\

Definition of profitable

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

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Other Words from profitable

profitability \ ˌprä-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce profitability (audio) \ noun
profitableness \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce profitableness (audio) \ noun
profitably \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce profitably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for profitable

Synonyms

economic, fat, gainful, juicy, lucrative, moneymaking, money-spinning [chiefly British], paying, remunerative

Antonyms

unprofitable

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Examples of profitable in a Sentence

The movie was very profitable. selling real estate on the side turned out to be a profitable venture for the stay-at-home mom

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By the late 1990s, the Sacklers had turned Purdue into highly profitable enterprise by selling oxycodone tablets under the brand name OxyContin. Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 Future Train Car Interior of the Week Amtrak’s high-speed Acela line—one of the oft-struggling national passenger railway’s more profitable lines—is currently undergoing a makeover. Wired, "A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News," 1 Sep. 2019 The acquisition of newspapers by large chains has become the norm in the challenging environment of print publications fighting to remain relevant and profitable. Mark Gillespie, Cincinnati.com, "Unusual deal keeps a shrinking Ohio city's newspaper going," 26 Aug. 2019 Peter Fonda‘s breakthrough hit ended up being quite the profitable movie. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Peter Fonda’s Film Easy Rider Was Made for Just $400K—but Made $60 Million at the Box Office," 22 Aug. 2019 The school of profitable rhymes As an adolescent obsessed with rap music, Trajik befriended record store clerks who sold albums to him before their official release dates. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "He's taking the stairs, not the elevator, but Indianapolis rapper Trajik just keeps rising," 22 Aug. 2019 Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s largest and most profitable hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, published a long note earlier this year on how capitalism needs to be reformed to avoid being replaced. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "One of the world’s most influential economists is on a mission to save capitalism from itself," 22 July 2019 Chiu said CEOs from the state's largest and most profitable hospitals have been calling lawmakers and asking them to oppose the bill, an effective strategy because hospitals are major employers in most districts. Adam Beam, latimes.com, "California legislation would fight surprise hospital bills," 9 July 2019 During his tenure, Safaricom grew into one of the largest and most profitable companies in East Africa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The chief executive who built up one of the world’s leading mobile money services has died," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for profitable

profitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of profitable

: making money
: producing good or helpful results or effects

profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce profitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of profitable

: producing a benefit or monetary gain a profitable business

Other Words from profitable

profitably \ -​blē \ adverb

profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce profitable (audio) \

Legal Definition of profitable

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

Other Words from profitable

profitability \ ˌprä-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce profitability (audio) \ noun
profitableness noun
profitably adverb

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