Noun : The company works on a small margin of profit. From Dictionary.com.
Verb (used without object) : He profited greatly from his schooling. ,to profit from the weaknesses of others. From Dictionary.com.
Verb (used with object) : Nothing profits one so much as a sound education. From Dictionary.com.
Confused, they have lashed out at themselves and others, ultimately profitlessly and meaninglessly. From Wordnik.com. [Guardsman Of Gor]
The two stood listening, and from the open doorway above the clatter of the traffic and the patter of feet on the pavement came floating down to them profitlessly. From Wordnik.com. [The Tiger in the Smoke]
But if she had not been profitlessly plagued by masters, Cecilia Travers had been singularly favoured by her father's choice of a teacher: no great merit in him either. From Wordnik.com. [Kenelm Chillingly — Complete] Reference
Such things are seen large by these young people, but as they have neither organs, nor arteries, nor brains, nor membranes, dissection and inspection will be alike profitlessly practised. From Wordnik.com. [Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith] Reference
Captain Bramble saw that she whom he had so profitlessly saved, -- she whose smile would have been invaluable to him, now spoke low and gently to the merchant captain; and even smiled kindly upon his remarks to her, of whatever nature they might be. From Wordnik.com. [The Sea-Witch Or, the African Quadroon : a Story of the Slave Coast] Reference
The work of busy bee at a window-pane had at any rate not spoilt her beauty, though she had voluntarily, profitlessly, become this man's drudge, and her sprightly fancy, her ready humour and darting look all round in discussion, were rather deadened. From Wordnik.com. [Diana of the Crossways — Complete] Reference
I've spent the day with a working party in some very dirty trenches, whence I return to find your woolly boots a great comfort … we work aimlessly and, in comparison to the labour spent, profitlessly, an immense amount of needless labour is used owing to the fact that apparently out here it's no man's job to supervise general improvement in the comfort of the trenches. From Wordnik.com. [Culture | guardian.co.uk] Reference
It will be for the natural theologians of the coming age to show the bearing of this wonderful fact on the progress of man towards the just and the solid, and on the being and character of man's Creator, -- to establish, on the one hand, against the undue depreciators of intellect and its results, that in certain departments of mind, such as that which deals with the arrangement and development of the scheme of organic being, human thought is not profitlessly revolving in an idle circle, but progressing. From Wordnik.com. [The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed] Reference
Long she looked, but profitlessly. From Wordnik.com. [The Wigwam and the Cabin. By the Author of "The Yemassee," "Guy Rivers," &c. Second Series] Reference
An hour, they searched profitlessly. From Wordnik.com. [Angel Island] Reference
That scarce would keep me profitlessly working. From Wordnik.com. [Poems: Descriptive, Dramatic, Legendary and Contemplative, by William Gilmore Simms, Esq. In Two Volumes: Vol. I. I. Norman Maurice, a Tragedy; II. Atalantis, a Tale of the Sea; III. Tales and Traditions of the South; IV. The City of the Silent] Reference
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