un·​com·​mer·​cial ˌən-kə-ˈmər-shəl How to pronounce uncommercial (audio)
: not engaged in or related to commerce
: not based on commercial principles
: not likely to result in financial success
an uncommercial book

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That is, Pages stacked the deck in favour of the quirky, the prickly, the heroically uncommercial. Jason Guriel, Longreads, 10 Nov. 2022 The archetype for such artists is Icelandic visionary Björk, known for both her startling visuals and music that flirts with the mainstream while steeped in more exploratory and uncommercial sounds. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Morris departed the project over creative differences, the movie ended up going direct to video and studios lost interest, considering the novels’ Native lead characters to be uncommercial. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 Considering the reviews, buzz and comparatively uncommercial property in play, that would have been fine. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 And lest the whole thing sound kind of uncommercial, the album has several tracks that use those aforementioned teeth to go for the commercial jugular, albeit in an alt-rock, not Top 40, vein. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 Obamaesque preachiness makes One Night in Miami uncommercial and unentertaining. Armond White, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 Conundrums and outrages of the sort that fuss Mr. Story are at the heart of events, however uncommercial, like New York Fashion Week: Men’s, and of what remains of fashion creativity in this town. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2020 But for a product so widely distributed, traditionally made panettoni are shockingly uncommercial, filled with expensive ingredients and time-consuming to make. Saveur, 16 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncommercial was in 1768

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“Uncommercial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncommercial. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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