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mercenary (adjective), more mercenary, most mercenary
1. Relating to a person who is motivated merely for the sake of monetary or other reward that is actuated by considerations of self-interest: Jim's aunt was wondering whether he loved his wealthy mother or only pretended to for mercenary reasons.
2. A reference to someone who receives payment for his services, especially a professional soldier serving for a foreign power: An example of a mercenary is a person who is employed to fight in an armed conflict, who is not a member of the state or military group he is fighting for, and whose primary motivation is private financial gain.
3. Etymology: from Latin merces, "reward, wages".
Primarily desiring monetary gain.
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(Latin: theft, robbery, felony; from latrocinium, service of mercenaries; freebooting, robbery; latro-, a mercenary soldier, or a robber)