unprofitable

adjective
un·​prof·​it·​able | \ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl, -ˈpräf-tə-bəl\

Definition of unprofitable 

: not profitable : producing no gain, good, or result an unprofitable venture

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Other Words from unprofitable

unprofitableness noun
unprofitably \ ˌən-​ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē , -​ˈpräf-​tə-​bəl \ adverb

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information

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Sears is closing 142 unprofitable stores near the end of the year, in addition to 46 stores that are expected to close by the end of November. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears, Lenders Nearing Larger Bankruptcy Financing Deal Without Lampert," 5 Nov. 2018 The company plans to close 142 unprofitable stores by the end of 2018, in addition to 46 other stores that were scheduled to close by next month, the Washington Post reported. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Sears has filed for bankruptcy, but that doesn’t mean it’s shutting down," 15 Oct. 2018 Since May, Sears has announced plans to close 78 more unprofitable stores after another quarter of losses and slowing sales. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Sears lays off 200 more employees," 11 July 2018 Only 5 percent have made the cut to become Spacious spaces, said the company, which is unprofitable. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018 Only 5 percent have made the cut to become Spacious spaces, said the company, which is unprofitable. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018 Only 5 percent have made the cut to become Spacious spaces, said the company, which is unprofitable. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018 Only 5 percent have made the cut to become Spacious spaces, said the company, which is unprofitable. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018 Only 5 percent have made the cut to become Spacious spaces, said the company, which is unprofitable. Nellie Bowles, The Seattle Times, "Sorry, power-lunchers — these tables are reserved for drop-in workers," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of unprofitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unprofitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unprofitable

: not making money

: not producing good or helpful results or effects

unprofitable

adjective
un·​prof·​it·​able | \ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unprofitable

: not producing a profit

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