gainful

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Etymology 1[edit]

From gain (against, contrary) +‎ -ful.

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gainful (comparative more gainful, superlative most gainful)

  1. Contrary.
  2. Disposed to taking advantage of.
  3. Troublesome; fractious; hard to handle.

Etymology 2[edit]

From gain (profit, foredeal) +‎ -ful.

Adjective[edit]

gainful (comparative more gainful, superlative most gainful)

  1. Providing gain; profitable.
    How can we find gainful employment with dignity for the uneducated?

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