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foreign commerce

noun
1.
See under commerce (def 1).

commerce

[kom-ers] /ˈkɒm ərs/
noun
1.
an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce) trade; business.
2.
social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
3.
sexual intercourse.
4.
intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
5.
(initial capital letter). Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.
Origin of commerce
1530-1540
1530-40; < Middle French < Latin commercium, equivalent to commerc(ārī) to trade together (com- com- + mercārī to buy, deal, derivative of merc-, stem of merx goods) + -ium -ium
Synonyms
1. See trade.
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Examples from the Web for foreign commerce
Historical Examples
  • Most of the foreign commerce is in the hands of English and French merchants.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Our foreign commerce is carried on largely in foreign ships.

  • As to their foreign commerce let us listen once more to Morga.

    The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
  • The foreign commerce is changing in character as manufactures develop.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Few in this country have realized the extent to which other countries have organized their foreign commerce on national lines.

    The Ethics of Coperation James Hayden Tufts
  • We have interstate commerce, foreign commerce and commerce with the Indians.

    Citizenship Emma Guy Cromwell
  • This is especially true of America, where the foreign commerce is unimportant in comparison with internal trade.

  • In foreign commerce, also, some of the distances saved are tremendous.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • To encourage also foreign commerce, it was enacted by statute 25 Edw.

  • The ports were to be opened to foreign commerce after July 1, 1865.

British Dictionary definitions for foreign commerce

commerce

/ˈkɒmɜːs/
noun
1.
the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
2.
social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise
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Word Origin and History for foreign commerce

commerce

n.

1530s, from Middle French commerce (14c.), from Latin commercium "trade, trafficking," from com- "together" (see com-) + merx (genitive mercis) "merchandise" (see market (n.)).

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