What is the opposite of commercial? Is it "personal" or "public"? I want to use these terms for a dichotomous variable I have created.


I was trying to create a variable for trucks and passenger car but writing commercial for the trucks

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    "(TV) program". :-) Seriously, "opposites" require context -- commercial vs. non-profit, vs. open-source, vs. personal, vs. residential (per JLG)... – Monica Cellio Apr 18 '12 at 18:40
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    You'll have to provide more context - what are you talking about that is commercial vs. non-commercial? – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Apr 18 '12 at 18:48
  • Thank you all especially @Monica (+1). I was trying to create a variable for trucks and passenger car but writing commercial for the trucks. – Stat-R Apr 18 '12 at 18:54
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    That detail should go into the question. – Kris Apr 18 '12 at 19:01
  • If you write common carrier for the commercial vehicles, you could write uncommon carrier for the others. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Apr 18 '12 at 22:19

Non-commercial: a general purpose antonym/ alternative widely used.

Any other 'opposite word' will be context-dependent.


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    +1 Per OP's comment on types of vehicle, and Wikipedia on driver's licenses in the United States, I would go with non-commercial, but advocate as a second choice standard. – zpletan Apr 18 '12 at 19:03
  • commercial vehicles / non-commercial vehicles. – Kris Apr 18 '12 at 19:05
  • If the tone of the speech is formal, this is right, but in practice "private vehicle" is used more frequently. – user20276 Apr 18 '12 at 19:14

I would say the opposite is private.

  • Given the context in the comments from the asker, you're obv. right. I'm leaving this comment to note that you're answering the comment and that the question is ambiguous in the text. – user20276 Apr 18 '12 at 19:03

Often the opposite is residential, especially with businesses that service both companies and households.

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    The opposite of commercial is contextual, and the context specified indicates this isn't its opposite. @cornbreadninja has the right answer below. – user20276 Apr 18 '12 at 19:03
  • I wouldn't have answered without context. If it were me I might delete my answer as I didn't really answer the question. – user20276 Apr 18 '12 at 19:34

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