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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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  • The university would make money if the investments were profitable.
  • But the repayment of debt requires money made by the profitable production and sale of goods and services.
  • Even though they are all more profitable with less overhead, they want the control more than the money.
  • In principle, a stronger yuan would help by making exports less profitable and by giving consumers more spending power.
  • profitable business operations may hide activities that add no benefit to the bottom line.
  • After all, collusion is a profitable side business that sometimes involves even the senior officials at a utility.
  • They are not profitable any more than any type of transportation infrastructure is profitable.
  • They will find a way to make off planet jobs and research profitable.
  • Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation.
  • In a sign of small-business success, the fund could become profitable in the spring.
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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