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 Composing concert music in the United States is unprofitable. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: American choral works about love and death wonderfully sung by Sacra/Profana," 19 Oct. 2019 Even if the airlines are unprofitable, the argument goes, the economy will gain. The Economist, "Uganda is the latest African country to revive its national airline," 29 Aug. 2019 Similar to its peers who recently made their public debuts, Peloton is unprofitable. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Peloton, the Fitness Company that ‘Sells Happiness,’ Reveals IPO Filing: Term Sheet," 28 Aug. 2019 But all three businesses are still unprofitable, sources say. Jason Del Rey, Vox, "Inside the conflict at Walmart that’s threatening its high-stakes race with Amazon," 3 July 2019 Like many in this year’s crop of tech companies going public, CrowdStrike is unprofitable. latimes.com, "CrowdStrike soars in its stock market debut as tech IPOs rush ahead," 12 June 2019 Many investors had already grown wary of the transcendent visions of these young, unprofitable businesses. New York Times, "WeWork’s Efforts to Salvage I.P.O. Renew Fears About ‘Unicorn’ Era," 13 Sep. 2019 That would have pegged Neumann’s current 22% stake in the unprofitable business at $14 billion, at least on paper, catapulting him into the ranks of the world’s 150 richest people. Sophie Alexander, Fortune, "As WeWork’s IPO Uncertainty Grows, Its Founder’s Projected Net Worth Shrinks," 11 Sep. 2019 Snap plans to raise $1 billion in debt, in part to go shopping — and in part to keep the lights on at its still unprofitable business, Sean Burch reports: The convertible senior notes will have a due date of Aug. 2026, according to Snap. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How TikTok could fail," 7 Aug. 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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