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gainful

[geyn-fuh l] /ˈgeɪn fəl/
adjective
1.
profitable; lucrative:
gainful employment.
Origin of gainful
1545-1555
1545-55; gain1 + -ful
Related forms
gainfully, adverb
gainfulness, noun
ungainful, adjective
ungainfully, adverb
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gainful

/ˈɡeɪnfʊl/
adjective
1.
profitable; lucrative: gainful employment
Derived Forms
gainfully, adverb
gainfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gainful
adj.

1540s (implied in gainfully), from gain + -ful. Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796.

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