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[ri-myoo-ner-uh-tiv, -nuh-rey-tiv] /rɪˈmyu nər ə tɪv, -nəˌreɪ tɪv/
affording remuneration; profitable:
remunerative work.
that remunerates.
Also, remuneratory.
Origin of remunerative
1620-30; remunerate + -ive
Related forms
[ri-myoo-nuh-rey-tiv-lee, -ner-uh-tiv-] /rɪˈmyu nəˌreɪ tɪv li, -nər ə tɪv-/ (Show IPA),
remunerativeness, noun
nonremunerative, adjective
nonremuneratively, adverb
unremunerative, adjective
unremuneratively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remunerative
  • Recognizing the importance of a scholarly discipline's contributions may not be financially remunerative to a university.
  • To rein in reckless federal spending would be more responsible but probably less remunerative.
  • Export-led growth is less remunerative for the chancellor.
  • Although the economy is starting to create new and often highly remunerative jobs, they are out of reach to those who cannot move.
  • There is more tourism, but less remunerative tourism.
  • Furthermore, no amount of remunerative benefits would lure me into that sector.
  • But no country will monopolise all the highly-remunerative industries.
  • Some problems are more remunerative to solve than others.
  • Indeed, the decision to produce abroad is also a decision to concentrate at home on more highly remunerative services.
  • As a group they are probably younger, better educated, and engaged in more remunerative employment.
British Dictionary definitions for remunerative


earning money or rewards; paying
Derived Forms
remuneratively, adverb
remunerativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for remunerative

1620s, "inclined to remunerate," from remunerate + -ive. From 1670s as "rewarding;" 1859 as "profitable." Related: Remuneratively; remunerativeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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