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

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information

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In 1961, a subsidiary of the global conglomerate Unilever absorbed Good Humor, and in the 1970s, skyrocketing gas prices rendered street vending unprofitable. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "With much Good Humor, vintage ice cream trucks serve nostalgia on a stick," 4 July 2019 Still, several analysts warned that the recent stock rally could be quickly derailed—and make these wagers unprofitable. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Can This Rally Last? Options Traders Say Yes," 26 June 2019 The last time unprofitable tech companies went public at this rate was in 2000, the year the dot-com bubble burst. Rani Molla, Vox, "How the tech unicorns of 2019 are doing on the stock market," 20 June 2019 As part of a turnaround plan, the carrier said Monday that its budget arm Eurowings—which remains unprofitable—will cut costs by operating a single plane model and shedding all long-haul flights and announced a more generous dividend policy. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "German Airline Promises to Bore You," 24 June 2019 Like many of its tech peers, Slack's revenue is growing fast, but the company remains unprofitable. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Slack is now worth more than $20 billion," 20 June 2019 Archie McCardell cut costs by eliminating unprofitable models and cut production. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Lafayette owner’s ’67 Scout ‘a mobile man-cave’," 10 June 2019 However, subsidies weren't just given to unprofitable fishing vessels. Chris Johns, National Geographic, "High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable," 6 June 2018 More Renewable Energy At the same time, coal is increasingly unprofitable for utilities. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Renewables Outproduced Coal Power in the U.S. for the First Time Ever," 2 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce unprofitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unprofitable

: not producing a profit

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