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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The company is a global market leader in endoscopes, but its overall margins have been dragged down by its unprofitable camera segment. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Olympus Shares Should Come Down From the Mountain," 16 Jan. 2019 By 2040, around 72 percent of the world’s coal plants will be unprofitable, meaning the costs to subsidize those losses will skyrocket. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly Half the World's Coal Plants Are Losing Money," 4 Dec. 2018 An economy full of unprofitable companies has risks, of course. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can.," 16 May 2018 The company roots go back to the purchase of two unprofitable radio stations, which the Libermans converted to Spanish-language format. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "Spanish Language Broadcaster LBI Media Files for Bankruptcy," 21 Nov. 2018 While California cannot directly block oil and gas drilling off its coast, the legislation that Brown signed last weekend aims to drive up the operating costs of these operations enough to make the effort unprofitable. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California vs. Trump: New state laws take on climate change and White House energy agenda," 12 Sep. 2018 Farmers in Guerrero say prices for opium paste have dropped to unprofitable levels because drug cartels are substituting it for cheaper, easier to obtain synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Mark Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Mexico sees 16 percent rise in murders in 1st half of 2018," 23 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of unprofitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unprofitable

: not making money
: not producing good or helpful results or effects


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

Kids Definition of unprofitable

: not producing a profit

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