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

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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 Still, the company remains unprofitable, with its losses outpacing the growth in revenue: losses widened by 256.3% to about $253.2 million in 2020. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 But, like other food delivery companies, DoorDash remains unprofitable. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2021 Accordingly, executives could continue pouring cash into projects that will see the world blow past two degrees Celsius of warming, unless there is new policy to render those investments unprofitable. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 May 2021 That is quite the feat for a company that, as of a year ago, was expected to be unprofitable until at least 2024. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Atul Goyal, an analyst at Jefferies Japan Ltd., lowered his rating on Panasonic to underperform from hold, saying Musk’s announcements increase the downside risks for the Japanese electronics maker’s unprofitable battery business. Kurt Schussler, Bloomberg.com, 23 Sep. 2020 But consider that even before COVID, 29% of small businesses were unprofitable, and 47% had two weeks or less of cash, the JPMorgan Chase Institute found in a 2019 study. Elizabeth Macbride, Fortune, 2 May 2021 That meant unprofitable businesses were ineligible — a restriction that did not apply to larger businesses. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2021 That deal marked the start of a turnaround, as unprofitable and non-core businesses were shed. Kurt Schussler, Bloomberg.com, 15 Dec. 2020

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce unprofitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unprofitable

: not producing a profit

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