of, relating to, or characteristic of commerce.
engaged in commerce.
prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: a commercial product; His attitude toward the theater is very commercial.
able to yield or make a profit: We decided that the small oil well was not commercial.
suitable or fit for a wide, popular market: Communications satellites are gradually finding a commercial use.
suitable for or catering to business rather than private use: commercial kitchen design; commercial refrigeration.
(of a vehicle or its use)
engaged in transporting passengers or goods for profit.
civilian and public, as distinguished from military or private.
not entirely or chemically pure: commercial soda.
catering especially to traveling salespeople by offering reduced rates, space for exhibiting products, etc.: a commercial hotel.
(in U.S. government grading of beef) graded between standard and utility.
paid for by advertisers: commercial television.
Radio and Television. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement.
(in U.S. government grading of beef)
a low-quality grade of beef between standard and utility.
a cut of beef of this grade.
British Informal. a traveling salesperson.
- com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- an·ti·com·mer·cial, adjective
- an·ti·com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- an·ti·com·mer·cial·ness, noun
- coun·ter·com·mer·cial, adjective
- non·com·mer·cial, adjective, noun
- non·com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- pre·com·mer·cial, adjective
- pro·com·mer·cial, adjective
- qua·si-com·mer·cial, adjective
- qua·si-com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- sem·i·com·mer·cial, adjective
- sem·i·com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- su·per·com·mer·cial, adjective
- su·per·com·mer·cial·ly, adverb
- ul·tra·com·mer·cial, adjective
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How to use commercial in a sentence
The Forest Service recently proposed its first commercial timber harvest in three decades.A day’s drive from Chicago, exploring a very different Illinois | Carson Vaughan | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Now there’s a 3D printed home for sale in the US, unique because it’s one of the earliest examples of the technology moving from conceptual to commercial.A 3D Printed House Just Went up on Zillow—for Half the Price of Its Neighbors | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 11, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The pace could pick up thanks to a new federal program that ships vaccine doses directly to certain commercial pharmacies.Leaders in Washington region ask FEMA for help in vaccinating federal workers | Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason, Rebecca Tan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
In October 2020, the Advertising Standard Council of India deemed some WhiteHat Jr’s commercials “misleading” and asked for them to be taken down.What India’s most controversial ed-tech entrepreneur would do differently next time | Ananya Bhattacharya | February 10, 2021 | Quartz
They saw a lot of commercial potential in the internet, and they wanted to ensure that it wasn’t burdened by a ton of litigation and regulation.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It? | Stephen Engelberg | February 9, 2021 | ProPublica
There were no deaths on scheduled commercial aviation flights in 2014, in a system that operates 68,000 flights a day.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
An additonal 30,000 made it to Europe by other routes including commercial flights and dangerous overland passages.
Are you seeing more commercial pressure from academic presses for historians to sexy it up a bit?
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A considerable proportion of the industrial and commercial news is now written to an end.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
After all this the tobacco leaves may be laid aside for commercial exportation.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The city and commercial suburb of Binondo wore their usual aspect, although trade was almost at a standstill.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The money in the possession of "commercial depositors" we shall call "till money," and the rest "pocket money."Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
It is doubtful whether the huge commercial premium that greets success to-day does good or harm.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for commercial
of, connected with, or engaged in commerce; mercantile
sponsored or paid for by an advertiser: commercial television
having profit as the main aim: commercial music
(of goods, chemicals, etc) of unrefined quality or presentation and produced in bulk for use in industry
a commercially sponsored advertisement on radio or television
- commerciality (kəˌmɜːʃɪˈælɪtɪ), noun
- commercially, adverb
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