- being without profit; not showing or turning a profit: a series of unprofitable ventures.
- pointless or futile: an unprofitable three years in a routine job.
Origin of unprofitable
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Examples from the Web for unprofitable
But it was a shadow of its former self: sleepy, unprofitable, and not particularly confident about its complicated past.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved
June 30, 2014
“The proportion of banks that were unprofitable fell to 8.4 percent from 10.6 percent a year earlier,” the FDIC reported.Banks Are Thriving Despite Regulations Thanks to Economic Growth
May 30, 2013
As a result, many stores are unprofitable, borderline profitable, or experiencing declining revenue.
And physical bookstores are — as even Klipper noted — not unprofitable.
An unprofitable industry will be forced to cuts routes and flights, leading to fewer consumer choices, frustration and fewer jobs.Those Awful Airline Fees From United, American, Delta, and the Rest Add Up
William J. McGee
August 13, 2012
Don't you think we had better avoid all unprofitable discussion?Viviette
William J. Locke
But the mixture was undoubtedly flat, stale and unprofitable.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Pepsy had no money invested in their unprofitable enterprise, for she had no money to invest.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Numberless women have withered in this unprofitable service to chastity.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Grip was by no means an idle or unprofitable member of the humble household.Barnaby Rudge
- not making a profit
- not fruitful or beneficial
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Word Origin and History for unprofitable
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