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[prof-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈprɒf ɪ tə bəl/
yielding profit; remunerative:
a profitable deal.
beneficial or useful.
Origin of profitable
1275-1325; Middle English; see profit, -able
Related forms
profitability, profitableness, noun
profitably, adverb
nonprofitability, noun
nonprofitable, adjective
nonprofitablely, adverb
nonprofitableness, noun
subprofitable, adjective
subprofitableness, noun
subprofitably, adverb
2. advantageous, valuable, helpful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for profitability
  • He agrees that there are many factors that affect the profitability of sheep farming.
  • The program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.
  • Lately, drug companies have come to recognize the importance-the potential profitability-of combating infectious diseases.
  • When corporations reward profitability no matter how that is achieved.
  • However, science would then have to take a back seat to economics and profitability.
  • Investors in these projects want projections of future profitability.
  • Their stance seems to be that if it increases profitability, do it.
  • When the tech begins to show the signs of profitability, the responsible thing to do is to encourage the public companies.
  • No, what truly makes this parasite provocative is its profitability.
  • The surprise is, this has less to do with direct regulation of pay and more to do with the profitability of the business itself.
British Dictionary definitions for profitability


affording gain, benefit, or profit
Derived Forms
profitably, adverb
profitableness, profitability, noun
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Word Origin and History for profitability

mid-14c., from profitable + -ity.



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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