- Advantageous; profitable.
He will dazzle his eyes, and bait him in with the luscious proposal of some gainful purchase, some rich match, or advantageous project. South.
- Lucrative; productive of money.
Nor knows he merchants gainful care. Dryden's Horace.
Thrice sacred muse! commodious precepts gives,
Instructive to the swains, not wholly bent
On what is gainful: sometimes she diverts
From solid counsels. Phillips.
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