from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The practices, methods, aims, and spirit of commerce or business.
  • noun An attitude that emphasizes tangible profit or success.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A commercial custom or expression.
  • noun The supremacy of commercial over moral considerations; regard for commercial or financial advantage only: as, commercialism in politics.
  • noun The maxims and methods of commerce or of commercial men; strict business principles.
  • noun The predominance of commercial pursuits and ideas in an age, a nation, or a community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The commercial spirit or method.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The practices, methods, aims, and spirit of commerce or business.
  • noun A tendency to value profit over everything else.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)


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