profitable

[prof-i-tuh-buhl]
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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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profitable

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

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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