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

Examples of uncommercial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Never has an album this uncommercial blossomed into a structurally experimental musical and succeeded with Broadway crowds and critics, nabbing four 2024 Tony nominations, including best musical. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 22 May 2024 Trump Has Promised to Do in a Second Term The WTF Album is another beast entirely — a blatantly uncommercial record with almost zero chance of moving product, as the industry likes to say. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 Yet, as uncommercial as that sounds, that album and their three previous LPs all made it into Billboard’s Top Ten. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2023 For the Masses was meant as a tongue-in-cheek joke about what the band considered an uncompromising and uncommercial album. Al Shipley, SPIN, 23 Mar. 2023 Peppering their set with lots of new tunes — a comeback record is on the way — the group adhered to any number of uncommercial styles and sounds, but always returned to the basics of hard rhythms, overblown guitars, and greasy blues harp. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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