Providing a gain; profitable: gainful employment. (adjective)
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Use "gainful" in a sentence
"The term gainful employment, has been in the statute for over 40 years, and during the most recent reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, there was no debate or discussion about a need to further define the term."
"I ` m not too chuffed that Jackie is still in gainful employment since the recent revelations about Damian Green etc, something which didn ` t seem to get a mention on the BBC tonight."
"I am currently in gainful employment as a consultant on this project."