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 unprofitably (audio) , -​ˈpräf-​tə-​bəl \ adverb

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information

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The only way to hit the numbers will be a headlong rush into unprofitable electric vehicles, jeopardizing jobs and... Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Lobbying Is Dead, Says Lobbying Boss," 7 Mar. 2019 Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi has worked to shore up the company’s balance sheet by selling unprofitable units and completing fundraising including investments from SoftBank Group Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. , and a large debt sale. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Sales Growth Slows Further as IPO Nears," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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