gainful

[geyn-fuhl]
adjective
profitable; lucrative: gainful employment.

Origin:
1545–55; gain1 + -ful

gainfully, adverb
gainfulness, noun
ungainful, adjective
ungainfully, adverb
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gainful (ˈɡeɪnfʊl)
 
adj
profitable; lucrative: gainful employment
 
'gainfully
 
adv
 
'gainfulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

gainful
1540s (implied in gainfully), from gain + -ful.
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Example sentences
Unemployment is crushing for previously employed people in places where gainful
  employment is the norm.
The possibility of gainful employment also increases interest in education.
He has also given gainful employment to many other writers.
It was filled with all these crazy creative types who probably couldn't find
  gainful employment anywhere else.
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