commercial

Commercial is an adjective describing something with money-making and marketing intentions. If you’re a bit of a book snob, steer clear of commercial fiction, which is written for the widest enjoyment.

The adjective commercial first appeared in the 1680’s, long before television commercials, which is probably what you think of when you hear the word. An al was added to commerce, and it meant "pertaining to trade." It wasn’t until the 1870's that commercial meant “done for the sake of financial profit,” and then later in the 1930's, the noun form was refined to describe “an advertisement broadcast on radio or TV.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: commercial

1
adj
connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
2
n
a commercially sponsored ad on radio or television
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: commercial
1

adj connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises

commercial trucker”
commercial TV”
commercial diamonds”
Synonyms
commercialised, commercialized
organized principally for financial gain
mercantile
relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking
profit oriented
technical
resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations
Antonyms:
noncommercial
not connected with or engaged in commercial enterprises
blue-sky
without immediate commercial value
non-profit-making, nonprofit
not commercially motivated
uncommercial
not conducive to commercial success
uncommercialised, uncommercialized
not having been commercialized
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adj of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior

commercial grade of beef”
commercial oxalic acid”
Synonyms:
commercial-grade
inferior
of low or inferior quality

adj of or relating to commercialism

“a commercial attache”
commercial paper”
commercial law”
2

n a commercially sponsored ad on radio or television

Synonyms:
commercial message
Types:
infomercial, informercial
a television commercial presented in the form of a short documentary
Type of:
ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
a public promotion of some product or service
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