[ loo-kruh-tiv ]
/ ˈlu krə tɪv /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM lucrative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˈluːkrətɪv) /


producing a profit; profitable; remunerative

Derived forms of lucrative

lucratively, adverblucrativeness, noun

Word Origin for lucrative

C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre
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