Definition of gainful in English:



  • [attributive] Serving to increase wealth or resources.

    ‘he soon found gainful employment’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The centre also provides a work experience programme, which enables members of the travelling community to source gainful employment.’
    • ‘The most common activities among those holdings with gainful activities directly related to the holding was contract work, tourism and other recreation activities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Business is productive and gainful, and partnerships are supportive today.’
    • ‘How fortunate we are that someone is teaching this as opposed to foolishly wasting time teaching how to obtain and keep 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.’
    • ‘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 unions usually object to prisoners being given gainful employment, whether sewing mailbags or breaking up rocks, on the grounds that it undercuts free labour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast, this training has given them gainful employment and, above all, recognition and self-confidence.’
    • ‘Another factor to consider under substantially gainful occupation is profitable but not productive.’
    • ‘The productive and gainful economic activity in India is still linked very much to agriculture as the primary sector of the economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is needed is gainful employment on a sustained basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combining design and technology, web space is a blend of technical intellect and creativity - gainful employment for both sides of the brain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there I was, mindful of the conditional significance of maintaining gainful employment.’
    profitable, paid, well paid, remunerative, lucrative, moneymaking, financially rewarding
    rewarding, fruitful, worthwhile, useful, productive, constructive, beneficial, advantageous, valuable
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