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adjective     unprofitable pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    an unprofitable business does not make enough money

    The corporation’s unprofitable divisions were closed down.

  2. 2
    formal an unprofitable activity does not bring good results

    an unprofitable search

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a hatred of certain sounds, such as sniffling, mouth noises, breathing or lip smacking

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