unprofitable


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un·prof·it·a·ble

 (ŭn-prŏf′ĭ-tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Bringing in no profit or profits: an unprofitable business venture.
2. Serving no useful purpose: an unprofitable argument.

un·prof′it·a·bil′i·ty, un·prof′it·a·ble·ness n.
un·prof′it·a·bly adv.

unprofitable

(ʌnˈprɒfɪtəbəl)
adj
1. not making a profit
2. not fruitful or beneficial
unˌprofitaˈbility, unˈprofitableness n
unˈprofitably adv

un•prof•it•a•ble

(ʌnˈprɒf ɪ tə bəl)

adj.
1. not showing or turning a profit.
2. pointless or futile.
[1275–1325]
un•prof′it•a•ble•ness, un•prof`it•a•bil′i•ty, n.
un•prof′it•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unprofitable - producing little or no profit or gainunprofitable - producing little or no profit or gain; "deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"
unsuccessful - not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
useless - having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully; "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"
profitable - yielding material gain or profit; "profitable speculation on the stock market"

unprofitable

adjective
1. uneconomic, unrewarding, profitless, worthless, unproductive, unremunerative unprofitable state-owned industries
uneconomic profitable, money-making

unprofitable

adjective
Having no useful result:
Idiom: in vain.
Translations

unprofitable

[ʌnˈprɒfɪtəbl] ADJ
1. (= uneconomic) [business, industry, route] → poco rentable
2. (= fruitless) [argument, activity, day] → inútil

unprofitable

[ʌnˈprɒfɪtəbəl] adjnon rentable
an unprofitable business → une affaire qui n'est pas rentable

unprofitable

adj (financially) → keinen Profit bringend or abwerfend, wenig einträglich; mine, activities, business etcunrentabel; (fig)nutzlos, sinnlos; the company was unprofitabledie Firma machte keinen Profit or warf keinen Profit ab; we spent an unprofitable hour on itwir haben eine Stunde damit verplempert; it would be unprofitable to go ones wäre sinnlos, noch weiterzumachen

unprofitable

[ʌnˈprɒfɪtəbl] adj (financially) → non redditizio/a; (job, deal) → poco lucrativo/a (fig) → infruttuoso/a, poco produttivo/a
an unprofitable afternoon → un pomeriggio poco produttivo
References in classic literature ?
He was in one of his moods, for the day had been both unprofitable and unsatisfactory, and he was wishing he could live it over again.
None of them, I presume, had ever read a page of my inditing, or would have cared a fig the more for me if they had read them all; nor would it have mended the matter, in the least, had those same unprofitable pages been written with a pen like that of Burns or of Chaucer, each of whom was a Custom-House officer in his day, as well as I.
Marking all this, Stubb argued well for his scheme, and turning to the Guernsey-man had a little chat with him, during which the stranger mate expressed his detestation of his Captain as a conceited ignoramus, who had brought them all into so unsavory and unprofitable a pickle.
And as to the woman who would not take my handkerchief in exchange for her bread, why, she was right, if the offer appeared to her sinister or the exchange unprofitable.
Lecount wasted neither time nor temper in unprofitable guess-work.
A very, very brief time, and you will dismiss the recollection of it, gladly, as an unprofitable dream, from which it happened well that you awoke.
Other generalisations proving equally unprofitable, I began scientifically to consider in detail the attributes of the supposititious paragon,--attributes of body and mind and heart.
Familiarize the workman with it, and some day he may come to see what a capital thing it would be to pack off me, and you, with the peerage, and the whole tribe of unprofitable proprietors such as we are, to St.
My companion and I being undeceived by this terrible relation, thought it would be the highest imprudence to expose ourselves both together to a death almost certain and unprofitable, and agreed that I should go with our Abyssin and a Portuguese to observe the country; that if I should prove so happy as to escape being killed by the inhabitants, and to discover a way, I should either return, or send back the Abyssin or Portuguese.
Several of his captains deserted, and he was compelled to take control of their unprofitable exchanges.
He had found the law a most unprofitable study, and was now absolutely resolved on being ordained, if I would present him to the living in question-- of which he trusted there could be little doubt, as he was well assured that I had no other person to provide for, and I could not have forgotten my revered father's intentions.
Fitzpatrick and his colleague now lost all patience; since the others persisted in following them, they determined to give them an unprofitable chase, and to sacrifice the hunting season rather than share the products with their rivals.