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
Recent Examples on the Web Airlines previously had been free to drop unprofitable routes, but the industry’s $50 billion in federal stimulus grants changed the rules. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Sun Country Airlines asks feds for OK to drop San Antonio," 18 June 2020 With the food delivery industry increasingly saturated with unprofitable players, investors are eyeing opportunities for more consolidation. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Uber’s lost deal for Grubhub is still a huge step for the food delivery sector," 15 June 2020 Analysts have long said the unprofitable model in food delivery is unsustainable and expected consolidation. Natalia Drozdiak, Bloomberg.com, "Just Eat Takeaway to Buy Grubhub for $7.3 Billion to Enter U.S.," 14 June 2020 Analysts have long said the unprofitable model in food delivery is unsustainable and expected consolidation. Natalia Drozdiak, Fortune, "Grubhub to be acquired for $7.3 billion as food delivery wars heat up," 10 June 2020 Those loads are unprofitable, so more passengers on flights means airlines will burn less cash with each takeoff and landing. Gregory Wallace, CNN, "Air travel is bouncing back ... sort of," 1 June 2020 Bankruptcy can serve as a place of refuge for struggling companies, offering the chance to shed unsustainable debt, close unprofitable stores and restructure operations. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Bankruptcy cases, store closings pile up as coronavirus wreaks havoc for J.C. Penney, Hertz, others," 27 May 2020 Still, many other shale oil plays will remain unprofitable unless the price of oil goes even higher than that, Book said, especially if the company in question is saddled with debt, as many shale producers are. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Oil prices bounce back from pandemic-fueled lows, but troubles remain," 19 May 2020 Still, Pinduoduo remains unprofitable, and critics accuse it of essentially buying revenue with heavy marketing spending. Wired, "China Has an Ecommerce Giant You’ve Never Heard Of," 9 Sep. 2019

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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