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profitable Syllabification: prof·it·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈpräfədəb(ə)l/

Definition of profitable in English:


1(Of a business or activity) yielding profit or financial gain.
Example sentences
  • 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, solvent, in the black, gainful, remunerative, financially rewarding, paying, lucrative, bankable
2Beneficial; useful: he’d had a profitable day
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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