Definition of “commercial” - English Dictionary

“commercial” in English

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commercialadjective

uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl/

B2 related to buying and selling things:

commercial law
The commercial future of the company looks very promising.

disapproving used to describe a record, film, book, etc. that has been produced with the aim of making money and as a result has little artistic value

[ before noun ] A commercial product can be bought by or is intended to be bought by the general public.

C2 [ before noun ] used to refer to radio or television paid for by advertisements that are broadcast between and during programmes

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commercially
adverb uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl.i/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl.i/

Does the market research show that the product will succeed commercially (= make a profit)?
The drug won't be commercially available (= able to be bought) until it has been thoroughly tested.

commercialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl/

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“commercial” in American English

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commercialnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmɜr·ʃəl/

a paid advertisement on radio or television:

We all ran to get something to eat during the commercials.

commercialadjective

us /kəˈmɜr·ʃəl/

intended to make money, or relating to a business intended to make money:

The movie was a commercial success (= it made money), but the critics hated it.
commercially
adverb us /kəˈmɜr·ʃə·li/

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“commercial” in Business English

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commercialadjective

uk /kəˈmɜːʃəl/ us COMMERCE

relating to businesses and their activities:

Planning issues continue to stall the company's proposed commercial development.
commercial sales/services/transactions etc.

used to describe a product or service that can be bought by the public:

The airport handles 663 commercial flights a day.

[ before noun ] for making a profit or relating to making a profit:

The business was never intended to be a commercial enterprise.
commercial success/value Some traditional producers are finally enjoying commercial success.

[ before noun ] used to describe radio or television that is paid for by the advertisements it broadcasts:

The commission, which licenses and regulates commercial TV, ordered the ad off air.

disapproving used to describe a product, especially a record, film, or book, which is made to make a profit rather than be of a high artistic quality:

Their music is a little too commercial for me.

commercialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɜːʃəl/ us

MARKETING an advertisement that is broadcast on television or radio:

American manufacturers have produced a series of TV commercials highlighting manufacturing successes.
commercials

STOCK MARKET shares in a company that sells goods to consumers:

Commercials ended the year down 3.5%.

(Definition of “commercial” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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One possibility is to permit commercial applications, accept uncontrollable changes in nature and promote the sale of new products with a still unknown risk to unwitting consumers.
We have no difficulty with the "polluter pays" principle in relation to the recovery of costs on water usage at industrial, commercial and agricultural level.
Similarly, we must point out the fallacy of the assertion of commercial interests that their forestry clearance activities contribute to combating the greenhouse effect.
We have to be careful not to introduce elements which are not covered by the internal market or common commercial policy legal basis.
What 'unbundled access to the local loop' actually does is force public operators to put the leasing of public telephone lines out to commercial tender as soon as possible.
We need to balance two things: first, commercial freedom and incentives to invest and, second, protection of defined public interests in a focused and proportional way.
Today we are setting regulations, quite rightly, for the litigation which may arise from impersonal, and therefore risky, electronic commercial transactions.
I believe that everyone now realises the need to maintain an area which guarantees freedom of development to researchers, independently of purely commercial imperatives.
One would almost be inclined to think that none of the commercial banks stand to benefit from modernising their present working methods.
We have both commercial and public service broadcasting which both require clear statutory frameworks in order to be able to develop in competition.