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
connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
a commercially sponsored ad on radio or television
adj connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
organized principally for financial gain
relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking
resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations
not connected with or engaged in commercial enterprises
without immediate commercial value
not commercially motivated
not conducive to commercial success
not having been commercialized
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