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PROF'ITABLE, a. Yielding or bringing profit or gain; gainful; lucrative; as a profitable trade; profitable business; a profitable study or profession.
adjective Date: 14th century affording profits
adj. 1 yielding profit; lucrative. 2 beneficial; useful. Derivatives: profitability n. profitableness n. profitably adv. Etymology: ME f. OF (as PROFIT)
Profitable Prof"it*a*ble, a. [F. profitable.] Yielding or bringing profit or gain; gainful; lucrative; useful; helpful; advantageous; beneficial; as, a profitable trade; profitable business; a profitable study or profession. What was so profitable to the empire became fatal to the emperor. --Arbuthnot. -- Prof"it*a*ble*ness, n. -- Prof"it*a*bly, adv.
1. A profitable organization or practice makes a profit. Drug manufacturing is the most profitable business in America... It was profitable for them to produce large amounts of food. ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf • profitably The 28 French stores are trading profitably. ADV: ADV with v • profitability Changes were made in operating methods in an effort to increase profitability. 2. Something that is profitable results in some benefit for you. ...collaboration which leads to a profitable exchange of personnel and ideas. ADJ: usu ADJ n • profitably In fact he could scarcely have spent his time more profitably. ADV: ADV with v
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