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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This success also showed that the genre was profitable. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Wolfe Herd tells me Bumble is profitable, in the range of $200 million in revenue last year. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 The Estates Klaus Zoch, Capstone Games, 2 - 5 players, 40 - 60 minutes, ages 10+ This cutthroat game about rival construction moguls casts players as property developers competing to build the most profitable towers in the city. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con," 3 Nov. 2018 Scooter companies are finding these short trips—35 percent of U.S. vehicle trips are under two miles—very profitable. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 In entertainment, all people are means to a very profitable end. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Arrested Development," 24 May 2018 Well, our teen mother program, that’s very profitable, because of all of those pregnancies. Lara B. Sharp, Longreads, "A Tiny Scar, From Falling," 21 May 2018 Cash thrown off by the biotech’s maturing but still very profitable multiple sclerosis franchise would be redeployed to license or acquire new neuroscience assets. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Biogen and the badly needed gene therapy acquisition that got away," 11 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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