Definition of profit motive in English:

profit motive


  • The desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity.

    ‘when suppliers are not driven by the profit motive, they cease to be customer-oriented’
    • ‘In his career as a public servant he also ignored the profit motive.’
    • ‘For many of today's space pioneers, the profit motive seems to be less important than the sheer possibility of what they're trying to do.’
    • ‘Since the profit motive was also absent, central planning stifled all aspects of entrepreneurial activity.’
    • ‘Current development, guided by shortsighted profit motives, appears to address only the luxury segment of the commercial office and residential markets.’
    • ‘We should never lose sight of the fact that the driving force for all economic activity within a free market is that profit motive.’
    • ‘The nonprofits worry that too much stress on the profit motive can compromise the quality of care.’
    • ‘The profit motive helps private sector managers focus.’
    • ‘The profit motive can be channeled in ways which are socially desirable as well as in ways which are socially destructive.’
    • ‘The goal is to combine the profit motive with the need to arrest the shocking degradation of the forest.’
    • ‘A satisfactory society cannot be driven primarily by the profit motive or market forces.’