But Mr. Carson was in no mood to be drawn into a profitless palaver.
But the cisterns which you have dug for yourselves are broken and profitless to you.
To compare this duet with that in Tristan would be profitless but for one reason.
Let us have a truce to profitless disputes about what cannot be reversed.
It was very like a fly's efforts to escape from a spider's web, and evidently as profitless.
They were like the fretful and profitless chafings of waves upon a rock.
Life was drab and dreary, made up of weary, profitless years and months and weeks and days, to each its appointed disappointment.
All in all, it had been a profitless speculation on Les King's part.
We should not omit to guard philosophy against the prejudice cast upon it by a system as vain as it is profitless.
Five mortal times did Raja Vikram repeat this profitless labour.
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.