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[loo-kruh-tiv] /ˈlu krə tɪv/
profitable; moneymaking; remunerative:
a lucrative business.
Origin of lucrative
late Middle English
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
Related forms
lucratively, adverb
lucrativeness, noun
nonlucrative, adjective
nonlucratively, adverb
nonlucrativeness, noun
unlucrative, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lucrative


producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
Derived Forms
lucratively, adverb
lucrativeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre
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Word Origin and History for lucrative

early 15c., from Old French lucratif "profitable" and directly from Latin lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, past participle of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre). Related: Lucratively; lucrativeness.

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