from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory and system of political economy prevailing in Europe after the decline of feudalism, based on national policies of accumulating bullion, establishing colonies and a merchant marine, and developing industry and mining to attain a favorable balance of trade.
- n. The practice, methods, or spirit of merchants; commercialism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An economic theory that holds that the prosperity of a nation depends upon its supply of capital, and that the global volume of trade is "unchangeable".
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mercantile spirit or character; devotion to trade and commerce; excessive importance attached to traffic, or to exchange of values in any way.
- n. In political economics, the mercantile system, or the theories embodied in it. See mercantile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
- n. an economic system (Europe in 18th century) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests
mercantil(e) + -ism.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)