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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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  • I, humble representative of the uncommercial interest, ascend with the rest.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Mormon Agent (not looking about, but looking steadily at uncommercial).

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I will write about my return as soon as I get on with the still unbegun "uncommercial."

  • He was by profession a man of letters of an uncommercial kind.

    Dark Lady of the Sonnets George Bernard Shaw
  • The Dumbuck structure, when occupied, adjoined and commanded a ford across the undeepened Clyde of uncommercial times.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • 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
  • Here it was that the uncommercial Traveler did patrol duty on many sleepless nights.

  • The innumerable references to inns and taverns in The uncommercial Traveller are for the most part purely imaginary.

    Dickensian Inns & Taverns

    B. W. (Bertram Waldrom) Matz
  • The very poor and the uncommercial wealthy alike suffer from them; the intellect of the country is poisoned by their influence.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Here and there over the country are still trees of the extra-quality but uncommercial varieties known to a former generation.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
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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