Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to merchants or trade.
  • adjective Of or relating to mercantilism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to merchants, or the traffic carried on by merchants; having to do with trade or commerce; trading; commercial.
  • Characteristic of the business of merchants; in accord with business principles.
  • Synonyms Mercantile, Commercial. Commercial is the broader term, including the other. Mercantile applies only to the actual purchase and sale of goods, according to one's line of business; the mercantile class in a community comprises all such as are actually in the business of buying and selling. Commercial covers the whole theory and practice of commerce, home or foreign : as, the British are a commercial people; commercial usages, honor, law. The word is applicable wherever the more varied activities of commerce are concerned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to merchants, or the business of merchants; having to do with trade, or the buying and selling of commodities; commercial.
  • adjective an agency for procuring information of the standing and credit of merchants in different parts of the country, for the use of dealers who sell to them.
  • adjective the persons and vessels employed in commerce, taken collectively.
  • adjective the notes or acceptances given by merchants for goods bought, or received on consignment; drafts on merchants for goods sold or consigned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
  • adjective profit oriented
  • adjective of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Italian, from mercante, merchant, from Latin mercāns, mercant-, from present participle of mercārī, to trade, from merx, merc-, merchandise, goods.]

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  • Not many cities, unfortunately, have been means to announce such certain mercantile headlines in the stream business climate.

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  • It is likely, then, that he had no source of income other than family money, although his adult male relatives were all engaged in mercantile operations, the navy, or the professions. back

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  • The butter factory, recently incorporated, is one of the manufacturing enterprises which flourish, and for the past twenty-five years Etna has not been behind her neighboring villages in mercantile enterprise or in the educational advantages furnished by her excellent school.

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  • The butter factory, recently incorporated, is one of the manufacturing enterprises which flourish, and for the past twenty-five years Etna has not been behind her neighboring villages in mercantile enterprise or in the educational advantages furnished by her excellent school.

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  • This is one of my favorite if that's the word mercantile ghosts.

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  • This is one of my favorite if that's the word mercantile ghosts.

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  • You will readily discern that, what with the public market and municipal headquarters, the two leading city churches, and the main mercantile domain that centres up on King Street, this central sector clearly focuses the civic and business life of the new city.

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  • In my hometown, the local mercantile closed in the 1950s, giving way to more modern sorts of stores. I wonderful if general stores were commonly called mercantiles then, or if the one I briefly knew was an anomaly.

    July 17, 2007