profit motive


: the desire to make a profit
making decisions based on the profit motive

Examples of profit motive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Legal experts said that the nature of Weidner’s financial arrangement raises serious concerns that profit motive could dictate which cases — and how many — the cities pursue. Ben Wieder, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 The profit motive worked particularly well on the Santa Monica Freeway. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Sometimes, these data sets are for pure research, with no profit motive. Josh Hendrickson, PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 These people say that sorting out that potential conflict of interest will address other governance issues, including the board’s reporting hierarchy and the differing objectives between a nonprofit mission and corporate profit motive. Jennifer Williams-Alvarez, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 These days, the effort to fix the climate is being driven by the profit motive—and that’s a good thing. Alan Murray, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 Separately, check out this year’s Fortune Impact 20 list, presented by TPG’s The Rise Fund, which highlights 20 startups that have built their business models around world-changing work, using the profit motive to solve social and environmental problems. Alan Murray, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2023 All the while, something else went up in flames: the fiction that anything other than the profit motive is going to govern how AI gets developed and deployed. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 This will be news to the inventors of the internet, who were civil servants and academic geeks with zero profit motive. WIRED, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Profit motive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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