gainful

[ geyn-fuhl ]
/ ˈgeɪn fəl /

adjective

profitable; lucrative: gainful employment.

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Origin of gainful

First recorded in 1545–55; gain1 + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM gainful

gain·ful·ly, adverbgain·ful·ness, nounun·gain·ful, adjectiveun·gain·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gainful

gainful
/ (ˈɡeɪnfʊl) /

adjective

profitable; lucrativegainful employment

Derived forms of gainful

gainfully, adverbgainfulness, noun
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