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One needs only to point out to them that the pursuit is gainful, and their interest is aroused.

What was our status in the business pursuits and gainful occupations at that time?

The pursuit of gainful effort is as old as the existence of man on earth.

His gainful pursuit was that of being a commercial traveller.

Now Harald has got him east away, And each morrow of fight was a gainful day.

More and more, however, individuals made their way in gainful occupations.

The generality of white women in New York, wives of laboring men, infrequently engage in gainful occupations.

Said the Sea-eagle: “Abide the wearing of another hour, and come and tell me again, and then I may have a gainful word for thee.”

The number of people in 1910 in what is called "gainful occupations" has not as yet been compiled by the Census Bureau.

Be a judge's man; they are the bravest nowadays, or a cardinal's pander—that were a good profession, and gainful.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s (implied in gainfully), from gain + -ful. Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796.

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