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  1. yielding profit; remunerative: a profitable deal.
  2. beneficial or useful.
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Origin of profitable

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at profit, -able
Related formsprof·it·a·bil·i·ty, prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounprof·it·a·bly, adverbnon·prof·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·prof·it·a·ble, adjectivenon·prof·it·a·ble·ly, adverbnon·prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounsub·prof·it·a·ble, adjectivesub·prof·it·a·ble·ness, nounsub·prof·it·a·bly, adverb


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  • Specialized publications also keep track of the profitability of the media.

  • Partially because of these problems, the specialty which gained in distinction and profitability at this time was dairy farming.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • Consequently, as the author shows, the news media shine by any measure of profitability.

British Dictionary definitions for profitability


  1. affording gain, benefit, or profit
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Derived Formsprofitably, adverbprofitableness or profitability, noun
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Word Origin and History for profitability


mid-14c., from profitable + -ity.

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c.1300, "yielding benefit, useful," from profit (v.) + -able or from Old French profitable, porfitable. Specific sense of "money-making" is attested from 1758. Related: Profitably.

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