profitable

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adjective prof·it·able \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl, ˈpräf-tə-bəl\

Definition of profitable

  1. :  affording profits :  yielding advantageous returns or results

profitability

play \ˌprä-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

profitableness

play \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

profitably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of profitable in a Sentence

  1. The movie was very profitable.

  2. selling real estate on the side turned out to be a profitable venture for the stay-at-home mom

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century


PROFITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

profitable

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adjective

Definition of profitable for English Language Learners

  • : making money

  • : producing good or helpful results or effects


PROFITABLE Defined for Kids

profitable

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adjective prof·it·able \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl\

Definition of profitable for Students

  1. :  producing a benefit or monetary gain a profitable business

profitably

\-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

profitable

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adjective prof·it·able \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl\

Legal Definition of profitable

  1. :  affording profits :  yielding advantageous returns or results

profitability

\ˌprä-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun

profitableness

noun

profitably

adverb


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