non·​com·​mer·​cial ˌnän-kə-ˈmər-shəl How to pronounce noncommercial (audio)
: not commercial: such as
: not occupied with or engaged in commerce
noncommercial motor vehicles
: not of or relating to commerce
restricted to noncommercial use
: not supported by advertisers
noncommercial community television

Examples of noncommercial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hassabis says the server is available for academic, noncommercial uses, but Isomorphic Labs is working with pharmaceutical partners to use AlphaFold models for drug discovery programs. Emilia David, The Verge, 8 May 2024 Individuals may also purchase a permit for two to five-day noncommercial trips on motorized or nonmotorized rafts that launch from Diamond Creek and end at Lake Mead. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2024 Although the internet was very small and restricted to noncommercial use, Mr. Lynch was convinced of its ultimate commercial potential. Katie Hafner, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 The letter was also signed by the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology as well as the Organization for Transformative Works, which operates popular noncommercial fanfiction site AO3. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 29 Feb. 2024 Proudfoot: The short documentary is noncommercial in its aim. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The case was the first in a series of serious near-collisions involving commercial and noncommercial flights on or near the runways of major US airports. Pete Muntean, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Still others are attracted to the unusual character of noncommercial species. Jill Draper, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 An individual user might make a case with a particular instance of potential infringement that their specific use of, for example, a character from Dune was for satire or criticism, or their own noncommercial purposes. Gary Marcus, IEEE Spectrum, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncommercial was in 1808

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“Noncommercial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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