- yielding profit; remunerative: a profitable deal.
- beneficial or useful.
Origin of profitable
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2. advantageous, valuable, helpful.
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Examples from the Web for profitable
The answer is left unclear, but Diaspora is certainly intended to be profitable.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
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As Minister of Trade, he oversees TEPCO, which is attempting to put its profitable nuclear reactors back on-line.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors
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CNN did the helpful translation for us, though: Duck Dynasty was simply too profitable for A&E to halt filming.Phil Robertson’s Despicable AIDS Argument Should Be the Last Straw
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But by 1974, the coal that had made the island so profitable ran dry, and gas had become the most sought after fuel source.Japan's James Bond Villain Ghost Town
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Sales boomed from $5.3 million in 2007 to about $23 million in 2009, and the company was profitable.The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes
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A careful study of this table will be profitable to the housewife.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
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Now, it is evident that there is here a profitable source of economy.
The most profitable study is that which is conducted with a definite aim and object.Self-Help
Nothing that is fine in woman will be lost, nothing that is profitable will be sacrificed.The Truth About Woman
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This is a slow process, but in rich placers may be profitable.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
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- affording gain, benefit, or profit
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Word Origin and History for profitable
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