verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of profit
Synonyms for profit
Antonyms for profit
Related Words for profitlessflat, fruitless, worthless, stupid, impractical, inoperative, ineffectual, unworkable, meaningless, idle, ineffective, futile, unproductive, pointless, incompetent, hopeless, counterproductive, petty, trivial, frivolous
Examples from the Web for profitless
Historical Examples of profitless
The discussion was as profitless as that arising from the blacklist.
They were like the fretful and profitless chafings of waves upon a rock.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
All in all, it had been a profitless speculation on Les King's part.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
Are not some of us profitless and barren because we are too indolent to pray?Broken Bread
Five mortal times did Raja Vikram repeat this profitless labour.Vikram and the Vampire
Richard F. Burton
- income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
- the ratio of this income to the investment or principal
- the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
- (as modifier)the profit motive
Word Origin for profit
mid-13c., "income;" c.1300, "benefit, advantage;"from Old French prufit, porfit "profit, gain" (mid-12c.), from Latin profectus "profit, advance, increase, success, progress," noun use of past participle of proficere (see proficiency). As the opposite of loss, it replaced Old English gewinn. Profit margin attested from 1853.
early 14c., "to advance, benefit, gain," from profit (n.) and from Old French prufiter, porfiter "to benefit," from prufit (see profit (n.)). Related: Profited; profiting.