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

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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In the 1880s, electric streetcars were the most popular form of transit and a profitable business. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 But many of them are in a dying industry that unlike the Trump Corporation is not very profitable. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway talks race relations in America; Sens. Graham and Reed on Space Force and sanctions," 12 Aug. 2018 Amazon reported earnings for the second quarter of 2018 today, posting an even higher profit than Wall Street analysts estimated thanks in large part to boosts in North American operating income and its highly profitable cloud computing business. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Another solid quarter for Amazon pushes it toward a $1 trillion valuation," 26 July 2018 The beans are the largest and most profitable crop grown at the approximately 65-year-old farm, which employs four other people.. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 Postal Service representatives have said their confidential shipping agreement with Amazon is profitable. Ben Brody, The Seattle Times, "Trump panel seeks higher postal rates for commercial shippers after Amazon criticism," 4 Dec. 2018 Anyway, within approximately two minutes of meeting Jamie and Claire, Jocasta gifts them River Run, a massive and very profitable property. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 2: Claire and Jamie Face the Realities of Life in America," 12 Nov. 2018 Those who’ve registered for the initiative, however, are counting on Q becoming a real, and profitable, entity. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "This new would-be currency isn’t crypto — but is it for real?," 8 Nov. 2018 Failing to build political risk into its financial models would have made Exxon Mobil look more profitable, and, consequently, investing in the company might have seemed like a better bet to investors. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New York officially sues Exxon Mobil for misleading investors on climate change," 25 Oct. 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 \

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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