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1. Not engaged in or involving trade or commerce.
2. Not in accord with the spirit or methods of commerce.
3. Uneconomical.
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1. (Commerce) not concerned with commerce or trade
2. (Commerce) not in accordance with the aims or principles of business or trade
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(ˌʌn kəˈmɜr ʃəl)

1. not engaged in or involved with commerce or trade.
2. not producing or likely to produce a profit: an artistic but uncommercial film.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uncommercial - not conducive to commercial success; "might prove arty and hence uncommercial"- H.E.Clurman
noncommercial - not connected with or engaged in commercial enterprises
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