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[uhn-prof-i-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈprɒf ɪ tə bəl/
being without profit; not showing or turning a profit:
a series of unprofitable ventures.
pointless or futile:
an unprofitable three years in a routine job.
Origin of unprofitable
1275-1325; Middle English. See un-1, profitable
Related forms
unprofitableness, unprofitability, noun
unprofitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • To win, players had to learn which symbols were profitable versus unprofitable.
  • They may make profitable investments, or unprofitable ones.
  • With the campus run as a business, unprofitable sectors are placed on the liability side and primed for elimination.
  • Reading, where it exists at all, has largely become an unprofitable wing of the diversion industry.
  • Nasty and unprofitable and by the time it's delivered it's out of date.
  • But streetcars, the first time around, were woefully unprofitable.
  • Moreover, environmental regulations have materially raised the cost of operating refineries, making many of them unprofitable.
  • And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  • The hotel was unprofitable and forever on the edge of failure and he wished himself out of it.
  • In any event, to succeed, reform by law must aim at making it unprofitable to own a bad tenement.
British Dictionary definitions for unprofitable


not making a profit
not fruitful or beneficial
Derived Forms
unprofitability, unprofitableness, noun
unprofitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unprofitable

early 14c., from un- (1) "not" + profitable. Related: Unprofitably.

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