profitable; moneymaking; remunerative: a lucrative business.

1375–1425; late Middle English lucratif (< Middle French) < Latin lucrātīvus gainful, equivalent to lucrāt(us) (past participle of lucrārī to make a profit, gain by economy; see lucre) + -īvus -ive

lucratively, adverb
lucrativeness, noun
nonlucrative, adjective
nonlucratively, adverb
nonlucrativeness, noun
unlucrative, adjective Unabridged
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lucrative (ˈluːkrətɪv)
producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
[C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, pp. of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre).
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Example sentences
More had gradually built up for himself an extensive and lucrative private
  practice, when he was drawn into the king's service.
These benefices were governments, lucrative dignities, or estates conferred
  only for the life of the grantee.
The artists have adapted to a lucrative form of communication and raised their
  level in society to innovators and leaders.
War halted the tourist trade and drastically cut industrial output, including a
  lucrative ship-building business.
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