Mercenary meaning

mûr'sə-nĕr'ē
Mercenary is defined as a person whose only motivation to work is money.

An example of a mercenary is a person who cares only about money and would be willing to behave unethically to get it.

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The definition of mercenary is someone whose only motivation to do a job is the money they would be paid.

An example of someone that would be described as mercenary is a professional soldier.

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Motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain.
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Hired for service in a foreign army.
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A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
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A person who gives his or her allegiance to whoever will pay for it.
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Motivated by private gain.
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A person employed to fight in an armed conflict who is not a member of the state or military group for which they are fighting and whose prime or sole motivation is private gain.
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A professional soldier hired for service in a foreign army.
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One who serves or works merely for monetary gain; a hireling.
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Working or done for payment only; motivated by a desire for money or other gain; venal; greedy.
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Designating a soldier serving for pay in a foreign army.
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Origin of mercenary

Middle English mercenarie a mercenary from Old French mercenaire from Latin mercēnnārius from mercēs wages, price