If you are in gainful employment, you have a job for which you are paid. [FORMAL]

The lack of money comes from lack of opportunities for gainful employment.

Derived words:
gainfully ADV ADV -ed

Both parents were gainfully employed.

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  • Gainful — Gain ful, a. Profitable; advantageous; lucrative. A gainful speculation. Macaulay. {Gain ful*ly}, adv. {Gain ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gainful — I adjective advantageous, beneficial, fertile, fruitful, lucrative, lucrosus, money making, paying, productive, profitable, quaestuosus, remunerative, rewarding, useful, valuable, well paying, worthwhile associated concepts: gainful employment II …   Law dictionary

  • gainful — (adj.) 1540s (implied in gainfully), from GAIN (Cf. gain) + FUL (Cf. ful). Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796 …   Etymology dictionary

  • gainful — *paying, remunerative, lucrative, profitable Analogous words: productive, yielding, bearing (see corresponding verbs at BEAR) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gainful — [adj] very productive, profitable advantageous, beneficial, fat, fruitful, generous, going, going concern*, good, in the black*, lucrative, lush, moneymaking, paid off, paying, remunerative, rewarding, rich, satisfying, substantial, sweet*,… …   New thesaurus

  • gainful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving to increase wealth or resources. DERIVATIVES gainfully adverb gainfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • gainful — [gān′fəl] adj. producing gain; profitable gainfully adv. gainfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • gainful — adjective Date: 1553 productive of gain ; profitable < gainful employment > • gainfully adverb • gainfulness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gainful — gainfully, adv. gainfulness, n. /gayn feuhl/, adj. profitable; lucrative: gainful employment. [1545 55; GAIN1 + FUL] * * * …   Universalium

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