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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While adult cancer drugs can be lucrative, drug companies said kids’ cancer drugs aren’t profitable because of the relatively small market. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "For Children With Cancer, Hope for New Treatments," 15 Jan. 2019 Match Group is gearing up for war with its most profitable dating app’s co-founders. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Tinder lawsuit is going to get nasty," 22 Aug. 2018 Jenner, who officially surpassed older sister Kim Kardashian West as the most profitable member of the family, turned her idea to launch lip kits into a $900 million business in the span of two years. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner: Someone Started a GoFundMe to Raise the $100M She Needs to Become a Billionaire," 12 July 2018 But the division that makes up most of those local jobs actually is one of GE's most profitable and continues to grow while others struggle. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "GE dropped from Dow, but locals not worried," 20 June 2018 According to game's publisher Wizards of the Coast, 2016 and 2017 were Dungeons & Dragons' most profitable years since its inception in 1974. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Play Dungeons & Dragons...," 20 Mar. 2018 Internet Truckstop Group doesn’t disclose annual revenue, but a spokesman said the company has been profitable since its founding. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firms Buy Trucking Freight Services Companies," 3 Apr. 2019 These unique figures, with their unusual sizes and odd color schemes proved to be great create fillers, something unexpected that was never available before—and demonstrated demand for small-batch runs that otherwise wouldn't be profitable. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "How Super7 Built a Business Around the Toys No One Else Would Dare Make," 20 Mar. 2019 And that’s not all: Movies that passed the Bechdel Test were even more profitable than movies that failed it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test Make More Money, Says a New Study," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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