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commercial

[ kuh-mur-shuhl ]
/ kəˈmɜr ʃəl /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of commercial

First recorded in 1680–90; commerce + -ial
1. Commercial, mercantile refer to the activities of business, industry, and trade. Commercial is the broader term, covering all the activities and relationships of industry and trade. In a derogatory sense it may mean such a preoccupation with the affairs of commerce as results in indifference to considerations other than wealth: commercial treaties; a merely commercial viewpoint. Mercantile applies to the purchase and sale of goods, or to the transactions of business: a mercantile house or class.
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British Dictionary definitions for commercial

commercial
/ (kəˈmɜːʃəl) /

adjective

of, connected with, or engaged in commerce; mercantile
sponsored or paid for by an advertisercommercial television
having profit as the main aimcommercial music
(of goods, chemicals, etc) of unrefined quality or presentation and produced in bulk for use in industry

noun

a commercially sponsored advertisement on radio or television
commerciality (kəˌmɜːʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nouncommercially, adverb
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