Mercantile meaning

mûrkən-tēl, -tīl, -tĭl
The definition of mercantile is something related to merchants or trade.

The group of retail business owners are an example of a group that would be described as mercantile.

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Of or relating to merchants or trade.
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Of or relating to mercantilism.
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Of or characteristic of merchants or trade; commercial.
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(economics) Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit.
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Of mercantilism.
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Origin of mercantile

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition