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[ri-myoo-ner-uh-tiv, -nuh-rey-tiv] /rɪˈmyu nər ə tɪv, -nəˌreɪ tɪv/
affording remuneration; profitable:
remunerative work.
that remunerates.
Sometimes, remuneratory [ri-myoo-ner-uh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /rɪˈmyu nər əˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA).
Origin of remunerative
First recorded in 1620-30; remunerate + -ive
Related forms
[ri-myoo-nuh-rey-tiv-lee, -ner-uh-tiv-] /rɪˈmyu nəˌreɪ tɪv li, -nər ə tɪv-/ (Show IPA),
remunerativeness, noun
nonremunerative, adjective
nonremuneratively, adverb
unremunerative, adjective
unremuneratively, adverb Unabridged
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  • This thing is true in all the remunerative avenues of life in the North.

  • He entered upon it in affluence, with a large and remunerative practice.

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  • These three commodities form the most remunerative products of the farm.


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  • By what law is the rate of these remunerative services established?

  • The prices of miscellaneous articles in London are remunerative.

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  • Service in the cause of the colonies could not be remunerative, and Jones knew it.

    Paul Jones Hutchins Hapgood
  • They brought home three less valuable, but remunerative, prizes.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • Whither should he turn for a security at once sound and remunerative?

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for remunerative


earning money or rewards; paying
Derived Forms
remuneratively, adverb
remunerativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for remunerative

1620s, "inclined to remunerate," from remunerate + -ive. From 1670s as "rewarding;" 1859 as "profitable." Related: Remuneratively; remunerativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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