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as in:  a mercenary attitude

She has mercenary motives.
  marked by materialism or a profit orientation
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mercenary mercenarily
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  • She has mercenary motives.
  • My mind was never yet more mercenary.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • But I do not approve of mercenary marriages.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • ...her literary dreams were as yet untainted by mercenary considerations.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island

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  • Who can say she has a mercenary motive in marrying him?
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel
  • Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive?
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I am the most mercenary little wretch that ever lived in the world.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mercenary [5]
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