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[loo-kruh-tiv] /ˈlu krə tɪv/
profitable; moneymaking; remunerative:
a lucrative business.
Origin of lucrative
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English lucratif (< Middle French) < Latin lucrātīvus gainful, equivalent to lucrāt(us) (past participle of lucrārī to make a profit, gain by economy; see lucre) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
lucratively, adverb
lucrativeness, noun
nonlucrative, adjective
nonlucratively, adverb
nonlucrativeness, noun
unlucrative, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was said that since the 31st of August he had been carrying on a most lucrative business with the Prussians.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • But his practice as a portrait-painter was not lucrative, nor his popularity lasting.

  • I 'll not say it will be anything very splendid or lucrative, but something he shall have.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Foreign trade was lucrative in just the proportion that it was hazardous.

    Union and Democracy

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  • The most lucrative undertaking in the Colony is that of a shrine.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for lucrative


producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
Derived Forms
lucratively, adverb
lucrativeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre
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Word Origin and History for lucrative

early 15c., from Old French lucratif "profitable" and directly from Latin lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, past participle of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre). Related: Lucratively; lucrativeness.

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