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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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 But allowing creators to make money is a wholly different notion from SoundCloud being as profitable for artists as other streaming platforms (which many already perceive as not paying enough). Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Here’s how indie artists will make money with SoundCloud Premier," 9 Oct. 2018 While the stores could remain profitable for a few more years, this closing has to happen at some point. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There's Only One Blockbuster Left in the United States," 13 July 2018 But insofar as the per-share price was the same, both investments were equally profitable for him. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Stock Market Loophole That Screws the Little Guy," 25 June 2018 In June, Musk announced that Tesla was laying off 9 percent of its salaried workforce, or more than 3,000 people, in an effort to become profitable for the first time in its 15-year history. Fortune, "Elon Musk Shoots for Mars — And Strains His Balance Sheet," 20 June 2018 Next season could prove even more profitable for the Reds as UEFA have announced a 38% increase in prize money next season. SI.com, "REVEALED: The Staggering Amount Liverpool Could Earn From the Champions League Next Season," 6 June 2018 The problem is lower-cost products like DirecTV Now are not as profitable for AT&T. For example, the company's entertainment group, which includes DirecTV, generated $8.4 billion in revenue for its video products in the quarter. Meg James, latimes.com, "Streaming gains make up for DirecTV's 188,000 lost satellite customers," 25 Apr. 2018 The monthly lottery awards spots at busy locations like Metro Center or Franklin Square, which are substantially more profitable for food truck owners. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "After outcry over food truck lottery rule changes, D.C. changes them back," 25 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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