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Gaínful. adj. [gain and full.]

  1. 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.

  2. Lucrative; productive of money.

    Nor knows he merchants gainful care. Dryden's Horace.

                            Maro's muse,
    Thrice sacred muse! commodious precepts gives,
    Instructive to the swains, not wholly bent
    On what is gainful: sometimes she diverts
    From solid counsels.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Philips, John (42) · South, Robert (158)

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