Definition of unprofitable in English:



  • 1(of a business or activity) not yielding profit or financial gain.

    ‘the mines became increasingly unprofitable’
    • ‘Rycroft, who had his head shaved to add to the deceit that he was being treated for the illness, also poured other people's money into a string of unprofitable businesses.’
    • ‘But 77 per cent of the profit was generated because most of their business was unprofitable.’
    • ‘These lines and in particular the freight business is unprofitable and not worth the costs it would take to improve them.’
    • ‘The association believes this would make the business unprofitable.’
    • ‘Viable industries and business undertakings were rendered unprofitable.’
    • ‘Dial announced that it sold its unprofitable specialty personal care business and it will take a $200 million charge on the loss from the sale.’
    • ‘For one thing, as a man who has devoted his life to the unprofitable profession of gay rights activist, Kameny says he could use the money.’
    • ‘But the PC hardware business is becoming more unprofitable by the day.’
    • ‘They are often non-profit organizations, and almost always unprofitable ventures.’
    • ‘And during the great dot-com boom, some highly unprofitable companies gained great prominence on this measure.’
    • ‘The loss was due to increased costs to shut unprofitable business and fire staff.’
    • ‘The enormous rise in premiums has made an unprofitable business profitable again.’
    • ‘He conducted zero gravity research on animal stem cells, worthy, but unprofitable work.’
    • ‘Government props prevented the failure and liquidation of unproductive, unprofitable businesses and capital.’
    • ‘In theory, business would transfer from unprofitable branches that shut down to those that remained, improving their prospects.’
    • ‘His recent ascension to his current position put him in a tough spot in CSFB's unprofitable investment banking business.’
    • ‘Why are there profitable companies in unprofitable industries?’
    • ‘Second, it hid huge debts incurred to finance unprofitable new businesses, including retail energy services for new customers.’
    • ‘This is an unprofitable business and it is not confined to Britain's biggest supermarket chain.’
    • ‘And companies will stay in unprofitable research for a long time, but not forever.’
    • ‘He said that it was clear that Cisco was wanting to pull out of the unprofitable client business.’
    • ‘Some expressed worry about the summer tourism season and unprofitable business because of the troops.’
    • ‘BA is now less dependent on low-yield economy fare passengers and further plans to cut unprofitable capacity could spur improvements in operating profit.’
    uncommercial, unremunerative, non-viable
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    1. 1.1 (of an activity) not beneficial or useful.
      ‘there has been much unprofitable speculation’
      • ‘When we understand that the clinging to the concept of self causes us many problems in life, that it leads to what is unprofitable, we may see the benefit of the development of right understanding.’
      • ‘Of all weary, flat, dull, and unprofitable ways of spending life, this exceeds all.’
      • ‘This line of reasoning can only end in unprofitable speculation about who initiated tensions.’
      • ‘You waste time on unprofitable activities, and devalue your donated services.’
      fruitless, vain, pointless
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