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-1700’s. 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
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adj 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
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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