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

Other Words from unprofitable

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

Examples of unprofitable in a Sentence

an unprofitable effort to find the information
Recent Examples on the Web Goldman doesn't see a clear path toward profitability for Robinhood, a bad sign as investors become increasingly skeptical of unprofitable fintech companies. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Of that group, the companies that were profitable at the time of IPO are down 11% on average, compared with a roughly 46% drop in the stocks of unprofitable companies. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The central bank plans to raise rates this year, which will drive up debt-servicing costs for unprofitable companies. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2022 The company is unprofitable and burning cash—net cash used in operating activities last quarter was $785 million. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Gig platforms, some of them vastly unprofitable and with shaky stock prices, are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to change the law in their favor, to deprive the bulk of their workforce from the rights to which they should be entitled. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 Among the elements that make Long Beach a haven for poetry — a famously unprofitable profession — is affordability, though the city is far from immune to gentrification. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Within a few years, however, Incredible Universe proved unprofitable. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The former is likely unprofitable since the cost to service an extra thousand customers outweighs the incremental gross profit. Anthony Bahr, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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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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