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profitable

Things that are profitable make money or are beneficial in other ways. Businesses hope to be profitable in the financial sense, but a profitable relationship is one that's good for everyone involved.

Profitable started out as a word to describe anything useful, but it hooked up with finance in the mid-1700s. Profits are measured in money earned beyond expenses, so profitable businesses or transactions make money. A busy restaurant, sold-out concert, and best-selling book are all profitable. People also use this word for situations that are good in ways that don’t involve money. If you learned a lot from something, then it was a profitable experience, even if you didn't make any cash.

Definitions of profitable
  1. adjective
    yielding material gain or profit
    profitable speculation on the stock market”
    Synonyms:
    advantageous
    giving an advantage
    productive
    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
    bankable
    guaranteed to bring a profit
    fat, juicy
    lucrative
    gainful, paid, paying
    yielding a fair profit
    economic
    financially rewarding
    lucrative, moneymaking, remunerative
    producing a sizeable profit
    useful, utile
    being of use or service
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    Antonyms:
    unprofitable
    producing little or no profit or gain
    unproductive
    not producing or capable of producing
    dead, idle
    not yielding a return
    lean
    not profitable or prosperous
    marginal
    producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
    unremunerative
    not yielding profit or recompense
    unsuccessful
    not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
    useless
    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
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