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profitable

[prof-i-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. yielding profit; remunerative: a profitable deal.
  2. beneficial or useful.

Origin of profitable

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at profit, -able
Related formsprof·it·a·bil·i·ty, prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounprof·it·a·bly, adverbnon·prof·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·prof·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·prof·it·a·ble·ly, adverbnon·prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounsub·prof·it·a·ble, adjectivesub·prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounsub·prof·it·a·bly, adverb

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2. advantageous, valuable, helpful.
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Examples from the Web for profitability

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  • Specialized publications also keep track of the profitability of the media.

  • Partially because of these problems, the specialty which gained in distinction and profitability at this time was dairy farming.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • Consequently, as the author shows, the news media shine by any measure of profitability.


British Dictionary definitions for profitability

profitable

adjective
  1. affording gain, benefit, or profit
Derived Formsprofitably, adverbprofitableness or profitability, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for profitability

n.

mid-14c., from profitable + -ity.

profitable

adj.

c.1300, "yielding benefit, useful," from profit (v.) + -able or from Old French profitable, porfitable. Specific sense of "money-making" is attested from 1758. Related: Profitably.

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