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What's the most descriptive adjective available for the way a salesperson acts when they are paid on commission? "Pushy", "smarmy", "self-centered", and "disingenuous" all come to mind, but none of them really paints the whole picture. Would anyone care to suggest a candidate?

Obligatory example sentence:

"I found the interaction off-putting because of the persitistently and unmistakably ________ behavior of this stranger towards me, despite this being a social occasion"

  • aggressive? But not all commissioned salespersons are unpleasant. – Xanne Mar 7 '17 at 5:50
  • You are looking for a single word which means, basically, "unpleasantly commissioned-salespersonlike". You'll have to coin one, I suppose. But I don't know why you would. Languages let you use multiple adjectives for a reason, and this is it. – MetaEd Mar 7 '17 at 17:42
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Mercenary, as an adjective, means "working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal" according to thesaurus.com. That could work. ("Venal" does not work, though.)

I'd prefer a word that just means "commercial" and would fit in your sentence better than "commercial" does.

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Slang but effective: sales-ey = heavy-handed chumminess that is self-serving for the sole purpose of making a sale; pushy with an agenda

"... from the moment he walked into my office, he was insincere and sales-ey. He spent the whole time boasting about how great his paper was. After a few minutes, it was obvious that all he cared about was making a sale. He never made an effort to learn about my business. I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.”

National Newspaper Association, May 3, 2013, by John Foust

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For the example sentence, salesmanlike may work.

"I found the interaction off-putting because of the persitistently and unmistakably salesmanlike behavior of this stranger towards me, despite this being a social occasion"

Wiktionary:

Adjective
salesmanlike (comparative more salesmanlike, superlative most salesmanlike)

Resembling or characteristic of a salesman.

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