lucrative

adjective
lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Definition of lucrative

: producing wealth : profitable

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Other Words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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Examples of lucrative in a Sentence

Their success has given Gladwell an active, and extremely lucrative, second career as a public speaker. Much in demand, he is paid in the neighborhood of $40,000 per lecture. — Rachel Donadio, New York Times Book Review, 5 Feb. 2006 Clubs take care of their star and other best players first, paying them lucrative salaries. By the time they get to the bottom half of the roster, they would not have enough money left to pay veterans worthwhile salaries … — Murray Chass, New York Times, 16 Aug. 1994 Since the health care industry is lucrative and largely insulated from the usual disciplines of the marketplace, it has been able to absorb an ever-growing fraction of the gross domestic product. — Marcia Angell, New England Journal of Medicine, 17 June 1993 The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race. — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 The business has proved to be highly lucrative. the hired gun's mission was to turn the failing store into a lucrative operation
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Recent Examples on the Web For decades, that was subtext of the case against Robert Sylvester Kelly, who enjoyed a successful and lucrative music career despite being accused of predatory relationships with multiple teenage girls, including singer Aaliyah. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Liga MX, meanwhile, was inspired by the Mexican national team’s successful and lucrative example of playing more games in front of wealthier fans and sponsors in the U.S. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Joshua is only 31 and is too good — and lucrative — a fighter for Hearn to give up on. Steve Douglas, ajc, 26 Sep. 2021 Ransomware is quickly becoming an extremely popular and lucrative form of malware. Einaras Von Gravrock, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 To Lack and others at WASEC, teenagers were an overlooked—and potentially lucrative—audience. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 The All-Star week is another step in the lengthy process of aligning Mexico’s top pro teams with their American and Canadian counterparts to present a united — and lucrative — continental front to the soccer globe. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2021 This All-Star week is another step in the lengthy process of aligning Mexico’s top pro teams with their American and Canadian counterparts to present a united — and lucrative — continental front to the soccer world. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 But the tax break did more than just give a lucrative, and legal, perk to Johnson’s donors. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of lucrative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lucrative

Middle English lucratif, from Middle French, from Latin lucrativus, from lucratus, past participle of lucrari to gain, from lucrum

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“Lucrative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lucrative. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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lucrative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lucrative

: producing money or wealth : profitable

lucrative

adjective
lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Legal Definition of lucrative

1 : producing wealth or profit
2 : acquired, received, or had without burdensome conditions or giving of consideration

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lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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