- Often profits.
- the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.
- advantage; benefit; gain.
- to gain an advantage or benefit: He profited greatly from his schooling.
- to make a profit.
- to take advantage: to profit from the weaknesses of others.
- to be of service or benefit.
- to make progress.
- to be of advantage or profit to: Nothing profits one so much as a sound education.
Origin of profit
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Examples from the Web for profitless
The discussion was as profitless as that arising from the blacklist.
They were like the fretful and profitless chafings of waves upon a rock.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
All in all, it had been a profitless speculation on Les King's part.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
Are not some of us profitless and barren because we are too indolent to pray?Broken Bread
Five mortal times did Raja Vikram repeat this profitless labour.Vikram and the Vampire
Richard F. Burton
- (often plural) excess of revenues over outlays and expenses in a business enterprise over a given period of time, usually a year
- the monetary gain derived from a transaction
- income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
- the ratio of this income to the investment or principal
- the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
- (as modifier)the profit motive
- a gain, benefit, or advantage
- to gain or cause to gain profit
Word Origin and History for profitless
mid-13c., "income;" c.1300, "benefit, advantage;"from Old French prufit, porfit "profit, gain" (mid-12c.), from Latin profectus "profit, advance, increase, success, progress," noun use of past participle of proficere (see proficiency). As the opposite of loss, it replaced Old English gewinn. Profit margin attested from 1853.
early 14c., "to advance, benefit, gain," from profit (n.) and from Old French prufiter, porfiter "to benefit," from prufit (see profit (n.)). Related: Profited; profiting.