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mercantile

[ mur-kuhn-teel, -tahyl, -til ]
/ ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl /
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adjective

of or relating to merchants or trade; commercial.
engaged in trade or commerce: a mercantile nation.
Economics. of or relating to the mercantile system.

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Origin of mercantile

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
1. See commercial.
non·mer·can·tile, adjectivequa·si-mer·can·tile, adjectiveun·mer·can·tile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mercantile

mercantile
/ (ˈmɜːkənˌtaɪl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial
of or relating to mercantilism
C17: from French, from Italian, from mercante merchant
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