Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bringing in no profit or profits: an unprofitable business venture.
  • adj. Serving no useful purpose: an unprofitable argument.

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  • adj. Not making a profit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not profitable; bringing no profit; producing no gain, advantage, or improvement; serving no useful or desired end; useless; profitless: as, an unprofitable business; an unprofitable servant.
  • Unimproved; unlearned.
  • Synonyms Bootless, unremunerative, fruitless, futile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. producing little or no profit or gain

Etymologies

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unprofit +‎ -able

Examples

  • The truth is, Mr. Johnson hated what he called unprofitable chat; and to a gentleman who had disserted some time about the natural history of the mouse -- "I wonder what such a one would have said," cried

    Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson

  • Maybe NPR thinks than unprofitable is the same as noncommercial?

    Boing Boing: June 23, 2002 - June 29, 2002 Archives

  • And, unlike many other businesses, Bell has an obligation to serve-in unprofitable markets, and when economic times are tough.

    The Building Blocks of a Strong Canadian Telecommunications Industry

  • Time is precious, and we are concerned to be good husbands of it, because eternity depends upon it, and it is hastening apace into eternity, but abundance of it is wasted in unprofitable converse.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • One is if the card holder is deemed unprofitable, which is essentially the case when the card goes unused, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education for Credit. com.

    Credit Card Issuers Cut Off Consumers

  • In my business, a long-term unprofitable institution is not a safe and sound institution.

    Financial Sector Regulation: Partnering for Success

  • For if the doors ought to be called unprofitable, how much more fitting is it to say to those who only believe, When ye shall have believed all things say, We are unprofitable servants!

    The Confutatio Pontificia

  • The union says New York-based Verizon Communication Inc. is seeking $20,000 per worker in annual concessions, and workers bristle that their jobs are being characterized as unprofitable when, they say, their work help build the company's lucrative, non-union wireless business.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • ` That all have revolted, that they are become unprofitable, that is, none who does good, no not one; their throat is an open sepulcher; there is no fear of God before their eyes, '(Psalm 5: 10; 14: 3) he deplores, truly, the impiety of his own age; yet Paul (Romans 3: 12) does not scruple to extend it to all men of every age: and with justice; for it is not a mere complaint concerning a few men, but a description of the human mind when left to itself, destitute of the

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • Marcius also, we are told by Dionysius, produced a quarrel between the Romans and the Volscians by bringing a false accusation against those Volscians who came to see the festival at Rome; and in this case the wickedness of his object increased his guilt, because he did not act from a desire of personal aggrandisement, or from political rivalry, as did Alkibiades, but merely yielding to what Dion calls the unprofitable passion of anger, he threw a large part of Italy into confusion, and in his rage against his native country destroyed many innocent cities.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

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