profit motive

Definition of profit motive

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a valuable return :  gain

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

    :  the excess of the selling price of goods over their cost

  1. :  to be of service or advantage :  avail

    :  to derive benefit :  gain

    :  to make a profit

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

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

    :  motif

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

    :  moving or tending to move to action

  1. :  motivate

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