Definition of gainful in US English:



  • attributive Serving to increase wealth or resources.

    ‘he soon found gainful employment’
    • ‘Both former government soldiers and rebels warn that they might be forced back into a life of violence unless they are given gainful employment soon.’
    • ‘In contrast, this training has given them gainful employment and, above all, recognition and self-confidence.’
    • ‘But I am beginning to think that it's time for me to use some of the skills and knowledge I learned all those years ago, in some form of gainful employment.’
    • ‘What is needed is gainful employment on a sustained basis.’
    • ‘Letting those people have gainful employment is simply more important than not having to hang up on them when they call me, so I'm staying off the list.’
    • ‘How fortunate we are that someone is teaching this as opposed to foolishly wasting time teaching how to obtain and keep gainful employment.’
    • ‘Business is productive and gainful, and partnerships are supportive today.’
    • ‘The most common activities among those holdings with gainful activities directly related to the holding was contract work, tourism and other recreation activities.’
    • ‘In this case, their activity would be considered as gainful work, provided the activity did not appear to be deliberately contrived to meet the scheme's requirements.’
    • ‘Combining design and technology, web space is a blend of technical intellect and creativity - gainful employment for both sides of the brain.’
    • ‘If there is to be any hope of finding gainful employment for these people, the government needs to invest in programmes that improve basic literacy.’
    • ‘The centre also provides a work experience programme, which enables members of the travelling community to source gainful employment.’
    • ‘The productive and gainful economic activity in India is still linked very much to agriculture as the primary sector of the economy.’
    • ‘But there I was, mindful of the conditional significance of maintaining gainful employment.’
    • ‘However, if you are working at a level above substantial gainful activity and you are not eligible for a check you may be responsible for paying the Part B premium yourself.’
    • ‘Another factor to consider under substantially gainful occupation is profitable but not productive.’
    • ‘He's found some gainful employment in Flin Flon, Manitoba.’
    • ‘If one looks at unemployment figures in the country it seems clear that modern labour markets can barely provide gainful employment to settled or even educated people.’
    • ‘While sedentary work represents a significantly restricted range of work, this range in itself is not so prohibitively restricted as to negate work capability for substantial gainful activity.’
    • ‘The unions usually object to prisoners being given gainful employment, whether sewing mailbags or breaking up rocks, on the grounds that it undercuts free labour.’
    profitable, paid, well paid, remunerative, lucrative, moneymaking, financially rewarding
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