unprofitable

unprofitable
[[t]ʌ̱nprɒ̱fɪtəb(ə)l[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED An industry, company, or product that is unprofitable does not make any profit or does not make enough profit.

...unprofitable state-owned industries...

The newspaper is believed to have been unprofitable for at least the past decade.

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2) ADJ Unprofitable activities or efforts do not produce any useful or helpful results.

...an endless, unprofitable argument...

The day proved frustratingly unprofitable.

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