1 producing little or no profit or gain; "deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable" [ant: profitable]
2 not worth using [syn: inutile]
3 without profit or reward; "let us have no part in profitless quarrels"- D.D.Eisenhower; "How weary, flat, stale, and unprofitable / Seem to me all the uses of this world"- Shakespeare [syn: profitless]
- Not making a profit
- Being a professional poet is a nice job, albeit unprofitable.
abortive, barren, bootless, deleterious, detrimental, disadvantageous, disserviceable, fruitless, futile, gainless, harmful, ineffective, inefficient, injurious, losing, nonremunerative, otiose, pointless, prejudicial, profitless, purposeless, rewardless, sterile, unadvantageous, unavailing, unfavorable, unfruitful, unproductive, unremunerative, unrewarding, useless, worthless