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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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  • He refused cases that did violence to his principles no matter how profitable they might be.

    John Marsh's Millions Charles Klein
  • What would not he have given to be tired at the end of a day of profitable toil?

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • But godliness is profitable unto all things having the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

  • When this saving is made, farming will become a profitable and safe profession.

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  • To make a profitable investment in stocks the buyer must anticipate the future.

British Dictionary definitions for profitable


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

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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