- The definition of lucrative is something that can lead to a lot of profit or wealth or that has led to a great deal of profit or wealth.
An example of lucrative was the invention of Facebook.
Origin: Middle English lucratif from Classical Latin lucrativus from past participle of lucrari, to gain from lucrum: see lucre
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Origin: Middle English lucratif, from Old French, from Latin lucrātīvus, from lucrātus, past participle of lucrārī, to profit, from lucrum, profit; see lau- in Indo-European roots.