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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But the magazine, however prescient, missed its goal of being profitable within three years, and ad rates dropped in later years. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy," 9 July 2019 Privately held Orby TV, which has a single outside investor in the form of a pension fund, targets to be profitable in three years, says Thornton. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Orby TV Launches Pay-as-You-Go Satellite TV Service (Exclusive)," 8 July 2019 Farming has not been profitable for a number of years. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Hemp rush begins on West Texas farms," 29 June 2019 Prado said telling customers about the minimum price, or advertising that a specific item has a reserve, would undermine the psychology that makes auctions profitable. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Fake bids drive up prices on popular site Auction Nation, Republic finds," 24 June 2019 Don Shawcroft,) Colorado Farm Bureau president and a San Luis Valley cattle rancher, said trade and keeping international markets open are vital to keeping agriculture profitable. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "New Colorado ag commissioner sets priorities, starting with supporting the next generation of farmers," 4 June 2019 Despite President Trump’s complaints about the EU’s 10% tariff on car imports, the White House has no interest in cutting its 25% tariff on light-truck imports—a barrier that helps keep Detroit profitable. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Auto Investors Should Buckle Up for Tariff Threats," 22 Jan. 2019 This view has proved enormously profitable across Silicon Valley. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, like Hipchat, Stride failed to gain the traction required to keep it profitable, especially as big corporate names like Microsoft entered the enterprise chat space. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Slack and Hipchat owner Atlassian are teaming up to take on Microsoft Teams," 26 July 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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