profit motive

Definition of profit motive

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

Word by Word Definitions

profit play
  1. : a valuable return : gain

  2. : the excess of returns over expenditure in a transaction or series of transactions

  3. : net income usually for a given period of time

  1. : to be of service or advantage : avail

  2. : to derive benefit : gain

  3. : to make a profit

motive play
  1. : something (such as a need or desire) that causes a person to act

  2. : a recurrent phrase or figure that is developed through the course of a musical composition

  3. : motif

  1. : of or relating to motion or the causing of motion

  2. : moving or tending to move to action

  1. : motivate


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