un·​prof·​it·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unprofitable (audio) , -ˈpräf-tə-bəl \

Definition of unprofitable

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

Other Words from unprofitable

unprofitableness noun
unprofitably \ ˌən-​ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce unprofitable (audio) , -​ˈpräf-​tə-​bəl \ adverb

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information
Recent Examples on the Web That kind of evidence—showing that Sony made an unprofitable business decision in the short run to secure longer-term monopoly profits—is a necessary part of a Sherman Act antitrust complaint. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 20 July 2022 The company’s shares are down 82% from a late November peak, wrecked by Wall Street’s abandonment of unprofitable, upstart electric automakers. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 12 July 2022 Virtual care pioneer Teladoc, hobbled by the unprofitable acquisition of Livongo, is being sued for misleading investors. Mohana Ravindranath And Katie Palmer, STAT, 8 July 2022 That being said, value technology stocks are holding up much better compared to unprofitable high-growth high multiple tech stocks, which are being hurt as investors seek a better margin of safety in terms of higher cash flows and earnings yields. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Noma was last unprofitable in 2017, when Redzepi closed the restaurant for about a year to build out its new location. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 29 June 2022 The discounts have widened to extremes this year as problems have stacked up: a continuing regulatory crackdown on big tech in China, waning appetite for unprofitable tech startups globally as interest rates have risen and the war in Ukraine. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 27 June 2022 Ukraine’s economy liberalized after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and many unprofitable state-run mines closed. New York Times, 25 June 2022 For private tech companies, where Cheng’s firm invests, the economy is also challenging and there is less available capital to keep unprofitable companies afloat. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unprofitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprofitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprofitable. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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un·​prof·​it·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unprofitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unprofitable

: not producing a profit

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