profitable

  • 1 profitable — [ prɔfitabl ] adj. • 1155; de profiter ♦ Qui apporte, donne un avantage. ⇒ avantageux, payant, productif, salutaire, utile. Il ne s agit pas « de savoir si une action est légale ou immorale, mais si elle est profitable » (Balzac). Profitable à… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 profitable — prof‧it‧a‧ble [ˈprɒftəbl ǁ ˈprɑː ] adjective FINANCE 1. producing a useful result: • I thought the meeting was very profitable. 2. producing a profit: • Innovation has made Sidek one of Mexico s most profitable companies. • Recycling automotive …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Profitable — Prof it*a*ble, a. [F. profitable.] Yielding or bringing profit or gain; gainful; lucrative; useful; helpful; advantageous; beneficial; as, a profitable trade; profitable business; a profitable study or profession. [1913 Webster] What was so… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 profitable — Profitable. adj. de tout genre. Utile, avantageux. Cela ne vous sera guere profitable. un employ profitable. on luy avoit donné des avis profitables s il eust voulu s en servir …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 5 profitable — prof·it·able / prä fə tə bəl/ adj: affording profits: yielding advantageous returns or results prof·it·abil·i·ty /ˌprä fə tə bi lə tē/ n pro·fit·able·ness n prof·it·ably adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam We …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 profitable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a business or activity) yielding profit or financial gain. 2) beneficial; useful: he d had a profitable day. DERIVATIVES profitability noun profitably adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 profitable — (adj.) early 14c., yielding benefit, useful, from PROFIT (Cf. profit) + ABLE (Cf. able). Specific sense of money making is attested from 1758. Related: Profitability …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 profitable — 1 *beneficial, advantageous Analogous words: *favorable, auspicious, propitious: *expedient, advisable, politic Antonyms: unprofitable Contrasted words: detrimental, deleterious (see PERNICIOUS): harming or harmful, injurious, hurting …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 profitable — [adj] advantageous; money making assisting, beneficial, commercial, conducive, contributive, cost effective, effective, effectual, favorable, fruitful, gainful, going*, good, instrumental, in the black*, lucrative, paid off, paying, paying well,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 profitable — [präf′it ə bəl] adj. yielding profit, gain, or benefit profitability n. profitableness profitably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 profitable — adj. 1 making a profit VERBS ▪ appear, be, prove, seem ▪ confident that the venture will prove profitable ▪ find sth ▪ become …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 profitable — prof|it|a|ble [ prafıtəbl ] adjective ** 1. ) making a profit: a profitable business/company/investment highly/very profitable: Some of their new electronic products are highly profitable. a ) likely to increase your profits: profitable… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 profitable */*/ — UK [ˈprɒfɪtəb(ə)l] / US [ˈprɑfɪtəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a) making a profit a profitable business/company/investment highly/very profitable: Some of their new electronic products are highly profitable. b) likely to increase your profits profitable… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 profitable — [[t]prɒ̱fɪtəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf A profitable organization or practice makes a profit. Drug manufacturing is the most profitable business in America... It was profitable for them to produce large amounts of food.… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 profitable — (pro fi ta bl ) adj. Dont on peut tirer profit. •   Madame, je vous crois l âme trop raisonnable Pour ne pas prendre bien cet avis profitable, MOL. Mis. III, 5. •   Le témoignage des gens de bien qui l ont trouvée [la comédie de Tartufe]… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 16 profitable — adj. profitable to + inf. (is it profitable to work this mine?) * * * [ prɒfɪtəb(ə)l] profitable to + inf. (is it profitable to work this mine?) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 PROFITABLE — adj. des deux genres Utile, avantageux. Cela ne vous sera guère profitable. Un emploi profitable. On lui avait donné des avis profitables, s il eût voulu les suivre. Cette conquête fut plus glorieuse que profitable …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 18 PROFITABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui est utile, avantageux. Cela ne vous sera guère profitable. Un emploi profitable. On lui avait donné des avis profitables, s’il eût voulu les suivre. Cette conquête fut plus glorieuse que profitable …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 19 profitable — prof|it|a|ble [ˈprɔfıtəbəl US ˈpra: ] adj producing a profit or a useful result ≠ ↑unprofitable ▪ The advertising campaign proved very profitable. ▪ a highly profitable business ▪ a profitable afternoon >profitably adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 profitable — adjective producing a profit or a useful result: The advertising campaign proved very profitable. | a highly profitable business | a profitable afternoon opposite unprofitable profitably adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English