profitable; moneymaking; remunerative: a lucrative business.

Origin of lucrative

1375–1425; late Middle English lucratif (< Middle French) < Latin lucrātīvus gainful, equivalent to lucrāt(us) (past participle of lucrārī to make a profit, gain by economy; see lucre) + -īvus -ive
Related formslu·cra·tive·ly, adverblu·cra·tive·ness, nounnon·lu·cra·tive, adjectivenon·lu·cra·tive·ly, adverbnon·lu·cra·tive·ness, nounun·lu·cra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-lucrative

Historical Examples of non-lucrative

  • In spite of his non-lucrative practice, Dr. Birnie evidently had a balance at his banker's.

    Rogues and Vagabonds

    George R. Sims

British Dictionary definitions for non-lucrative



producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
Derived Formslucratively, adverblucrativeness, noun

Word Origin for lucrative

C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre
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Word Origin and History for non-lucrative



early 15c., from Old French lucratif "profitable" and directly from Latin lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, past participle of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre). Related: Lucratively; lucrativeness.

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