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English definition of “gainful”

gainful

adjective [only before noun]     /ˈɡeɪnfəl/
providing something useful such as money or work: The state is making great efforts to guide former welfare recipients into gainful employment.
gainfully adverb
(Definition of gainful adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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