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[uhn-kuh-mur-shuh l] /ˌʌn kəˈmɜr ʃəl/
not engaged in or involved with commerce or trade.
not in accordance with commercial principles or practices.
not producing or likely to produce a profit:
an artistic but uncommercial film.
Origin of uncommercial
First recorded in 1760-70; un-1 + commercial Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When my uncommercial travels tend to this dismal spot, my comfort is its rickety state.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I, humble representative of the uncommercial interest, ascend with the rest.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He saw his bright blue sign with the uncommercial title, which he had hoped to pay the painter for to-day.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • Mormon Agent (not looking about, but looking steadily at uncommercial).

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The belief in uncommercial knowledge has indeed died out of England.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • He was by profession a man of letters of an uncommercial kind.

    Dark Lady of the Sonnets George Bernard Shaw
  • The very poor and the uncommercial wealthy alike suffer from them; the intellect of the country is poisoned by their influence.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The Dumbuck structure, when occupied, adjoined and commanded a ford across the undeepened Clyde of uncommercial times.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • uncommercial (who has been burning to get at the Prophet Joe Smith, and seems to discover an opening).

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • The judgment of an uncommercial traveller on commercial morality may well be held as a feather-weight in the balance.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
British Dictionary definitions for uncommercial


not concerned with commerce or trade
not in accordance with the aims or principles of business or trade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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