un·​prof·​it·​able ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unprofitable (audio)
: not profitable : producing no gain, good, or result
an unprofitable venture
unprofitableness noun
ˌən-ˈprä-fə-tə-blē How to pronounce unprofitable (audio)

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information
Recent Examples on the Web But Disney+ has been shedding subscribers, and a broader streaming division remains unprofitable, losing nearly $2 billion since the start of the fiscal year. Brooks Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2023 While Disney has narrowed losses on streaming, the business remains unprofitable and faces serious competition from rivals. Allison Morrow, CNN, 9 Aug. 2023 The irony is that much of this material — whatever is deemed unprofitable — remains locked up in vaults, never aired and unavailable on video or to stream. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 Studios and streamers, meanwhile, are facing economic headwinds after Wall Street turned on unprofitable streamers and will be looking to reign in spending. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2023 By Thursday afternoon, the stock was trading at $46 per share, a remarkable first day for an unprofitable company that drew some skeptics pre-IPO over its market value. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 15 June 2023 Rite Aid, which closed 145 unprofitable stores in the last year or so, on Thursday reported a fiscal fourth quarter loss of $241.3 million, or $4.39 per share, for the period ended March 4, 2023. Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 All of them wildly popular, yet wildly unprofitable. Allison Morrow, CNN, 19 July 2023 Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images Mediterranean-style restaurant chain Cava Group is set to start marketing its initial public offering in a key test of investor appetite for fast-growing companies that are still unprofitable. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 4 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unprofitable was in the 14th century

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“Unprofitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprofitable. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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un·​prof·​it·​able ˌən-ˈpräf-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce unprofitable (audio)
: not profitable
unprofitably adverb

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