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profit motive

the desire for profit that motivates one to engage in business ventures.
Origin of profit motive
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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profit motive definition

The ability to earn profits as the reason for producers to make and sell goods.

Note: The profit motive is often called a great good or a great evil in society. On the one hand, it is said to represent selfishness; on the other, it is said to drive the free market system. (See invisible hand.)
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