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mercantile

[mur-kuh n-teel, -tahyl, -til] /ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to merchants or trade; commercial.
2.
engaged in trade or commerce:
a mercantile nation.
3.
Economics. of or relating 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 un mercantile

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 un mercantile

mercantile

adj.

1640s, from French mercantile (17c.), from Italian mercantile, from Medieval Latin mercantile, from Latin mercantem (nominative mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," present participle of mercari "to trade," from merx (see market (n.)). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).

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