profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl, 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 \ noun
profitableness \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
profitably \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē \ adverb

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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Lynas is now profitable, but Ms. Lacaze sees a potential trade war between China and the United States as more of a threat than an opportunity. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 Dillard’s, based in Little Rock, Ark., is profitable — unlike Bon-Ton Stores Inc., the former operator of Boston Store, Younkers and other department store chains. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dilliard's department store chain could enter Milwaukee area by buying Boston Store sites," 11 July 2018 At that rate, the deal would be profitable in just two years. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Justify becomes most valuable racehorse ever with $75M breeding deal," 12 June 2018 In a statement, the company said the locations were chosen from a list of 100 non-profitable stores. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Here's a list of the 63 Sears, Kmart stores closing, including 2 in Louisiana," 31 May 2018 In 1999, the Department of Corrections announced its prison farms were no longer profitable, and shut them down. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "KFC, dinosaur prints, rock'n'roll: The stranger-than-fiction forgotten history of Graterford state prison," 30 May 2018 And the Seminoles plan to continue its recent trend of scheduling the high-profile games, which have been profitable for the program. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU exploring potential neutral-site games for future," 16 May 2018 Caesars Windsor declined comment and the Ontario government has not responded to past Free Press inquiries about whether Caesars Windsor is profitable. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Caesars Windsor set to resume strike talks as Detroit casinos see gains," 14 May 2018 For the vertical transport industry, that means fostering an economy where sustainability is profitable. Adrienne Bernhard, Smithsonian, "Elevators Are Going Green," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of profitable 

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

Other Words from profitable

profitability \ ˌprä-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
profitableness noun
profitably adverb

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