Definition of profitable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒfɪtəb(ə)l/


1(Of a business or activity) yielding profit or financial gain: a professionally run and profitable company the investments were extremely profitable
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  • Merchants and financiers soon realized that investing in science could be a profitable business.
  • Farming is still profitable in spite of a sharp increase in the prices of agricultural inputs.
  • We follow him as he tries to turn this dream into reality, and turn the farm into a profitable business.
moneymaking, profit-making, commercial, successful, commercially successful, money-spinning, sound, solvent, in the black, cost-effective, fruitful, gainful, remunerative, financially rewarding, paying, lucrative, bankable
2Beneficial; useful: he’d had a profitable day
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  • Noor said that she was merely taking advantage of a potentially profitable situation.
  • Cultural solutions are more valuable and profitable than technological solutions.
  • This paper prompted useful discussion, though the main discussion session was less profitable.
beneficial, useful, advantageous, helpful, of use, of service, valuable, productive, worthwhile;
rewarding, fruitful, enriching, illuminating, informative, well spent, salutary


Middle English: from Old French, from the verb profiter (see profit).

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