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Old French profitable.

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profitable (comparative more profitable, superlative most profitable)

  1. Producing a profit.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27:
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about "creating compelling content", or offering services that let you "stay up to date with what your friends are doing" [] and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
  2. Beneficial, serviceable, of use.
    • c. 1521, John Skelton, Speke Parott:
      I wylbe ferme and ſtabyll
      And to yow ſeruyceabyll
      And also prophytabyll
      Yf ye be agreabyll
      My propyr Beſſe
      To turne a gayne to me
    • 1953, Richmond Lattimore, Aeschylus, “Prometheus Bound”, in Greek Tragedies:
      It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

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Etymology edit

From profiter +‎ -able.

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profitable (plural profitables)

  1. profitable

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Old French edit

Etymology edit

profiter +‎ -able.

Adjective edit

profitable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular profitable)

  1. useful; usable; that one can make use of

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  • English: profitable
  • French: profitable

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