[ri-myoo-ner-uh-tiv, -nuh-rey-tiv]


affording remuneration; profitable: remunerative work.

Sometimes re·mu·ner·a·to·ry [ri-myoo-ner-uh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /rɪˈmyu nər əˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of remunerative

First recorded in 1620–30; remunerate + -ive
Related formsre·mu·ner·a·tive·ly [ri-myoo-nuh-rey-tiv-lee, -ner-uh-tiv-] /rɪˈmyu nəˌreɪ tɪv li, -nər ə tɪv-/, adverbre·mu·ner·a·tive·ness, nounnon·re·mu·ner·a·tive, adjectivenon·re·mu·ner·a·tive·ly, adverbun·re·mu·ner·a·tive, adjectiveun·re·mu·ner·a·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remunerative

Contemporary Examples of remunerative

  • Mining and Mineral Engineering: 90% male And here are the 10 least remunerative majors—where women prevail in nine out of ten: 1.

    The Daily Beast logo
    No, Women Don’t Make Less Money Than Men

    Christina Hoff Sommers

    February 1, 2014

  • (The causal link between crime and the lack of remunerative employment is surprisingly weak).

    The Daily Beast logo
    What Does it Mean to Be Poor?

    Megan McArdle

    September 17, 2012

Historical Examples of remunerative

British Dictionary definitions for remunerative



earning money or rewards; paying
Derived Formsremuneratively, adverbremunerativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for remunerative

1620s, "inclined to remunerate," from remunerate + -ive. From 1670s as "rewarding;" 1859 as "profitable." Related: Remuneratively; remunerativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper