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mercantile

[mur-kuh n-teel, -tahyl, -til] /ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to merchants or trade; commercial.
2.
engaged in trade or commerce:
a mercantile nation.
3.
Economics. of or pertaining to the mercantile system.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French < Italian: pertaining to merchants, equivalent to mercant(e) merchant (< Latin mercant-, stem of mercāns buyer, noun use of present participle of mercārī to buy) + -ile -ile
Related forms
nonmercantile, adjective
quasi-mercantile, adjective
unmercantile, adjective
Synonyms
1. See commercial.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasimercantile

mercantile

/ˈmɜːkənˌtaɪl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial
2.
of or relating to mercantilism
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian, from mercantemerchant
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Word Origin and History for quasimercantile
mercantile
1640s, via Fr., It., and M.L. mercantile, from L. mercantem (nom. mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," prp. of mercari "to trade," from merx (see market). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).
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