a. Of or relating to commerce: a commercial loan; a commercial attaché.
b. Engaged in commerce: a commercial trucker.
2. Relating to or being goods that are produced and distributed in large quantities.
a. Having profit as a chief aim: a commercial publisher.
b. Intended for or appealing to a large audience: commercial art.
4. Sponsored by an advertiser or paid for by advertising: commercial television.
An advertisement in audio or video form.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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