profitable

[prof-i-tuh-buhl]

adjective

yielding profit; remunerative: a profitable deal.
beneficial or useful.

Nearby words

  1. profit taking,
  2. profit warning,
  3. profit-sharing,
  4. profit-taking,
  5. profitability,
  6. profiteer,
  7. profiteering,
  8. profiterole,
  9. profitless,
  10. profligacy

Origin of profitable

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at profit, -able

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British Dictionary definitions for profitable

profitable

adjective

affording gain, benefit, or profit
Derived Formsprofitably, adverbprofitableness or profitability, noun

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Word Origin and History for profitable

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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