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1. An advantageous gain or return; benefit.
2. Financial gain from a transaction or from a period of investment or business activity, usually calculated as income in excess of costs or as the final value of an asset in excess of its initial value.
v. prof·it·ed, prof·it·ing, prof·its
1. To make a gain or profit.
2. To derive advantage; benefit: profiting from the other team's mistakes.
To be beneficial to: What has all this time in school profited you?

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōfectus, from past participle of prōficere, make progress, to profit : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

prof′it·less adj.
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Our role is to hold them accountable for these incestuous relationships, because they are profiting from human rights abuses.