mercantile


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mer·can·tile

 (mûr′kən-tēl′, -tīl′, -tĭl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to merchants or trade.
2. Of or relating to mercantilism.

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

mercantile

(ˈmɜːkənˌtaɪl)
adj
1. (Commerce) of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial
2. (Economics) of or relating to mercantilism
[C17: from French, from Italian, from mercante merchant]

mer•can•tile

(ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to merchants or trade; commercial.
2. of or pertaining to mercantilism.
[1635–45; < French < Italian, =mercant(e) (< Latin mercāns, present participle of mercāri to trade; see merchant) + -ile -ile2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mercantile - of or relating to the economic system of mercantilismmercantile - of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism; "mercantile theories"; "mercantile system"
2.mercantile - profit orientedmercantile - profit oriented; "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"
commercial - connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; "commercial trucker"; "commercial TV"; "commercial diamonds"
3.mercantile - relating to or characteristic of trade or traders; "the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks
commercial - connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; "commercial trucker"; "commercial TV"; "commercial diamonds"

mercantile

adjective
1. commercial, business, trade, trading, merchant the emergence of a new mercantile class
2. profit-making, materialistic, capitalistic, money-orientated the urban society and its mercantile values
Translations

mercantile

[ˈmɜːkəntaɪl] ADJmercantil

mercantile

[ˈmɜːrkəntaɪl] adj [class, nation] → marchand(e); [law] → commercial(e)

mercantile

adjHandels-; nation alsoHandel treibend; the mercantile marinedie Handelsmarine

mercantile

[ˈmɜːknˌtaɪl] adjmercantile; (law) → commerciale
References in classic literature ?
Meanwhile he held on to his modest position in a mercantile house in New Orleans, where an equal familiarity with English, French and Spanish gave him no small value as a clerk and correspondent.
The story of "old Prue," in the second volume, was an incident that fell under the personal observation of a brother of the writer, then collecting-clerk to a large mercantile house, in New Orleans.
Miss Hawkins was the youngest of the two daughters of a Bristol merchant, of course, he must be called; but, as the whole of the profits of his mercantile life appeared so very moderate, it was not unfair to guess the dignity of his line of trade had been very moderate also.
The writer had the means of using a friend's interest -- interest of no ordinary kind -- with a great Mercantile Firm in the City; and he had at once exerted this influence in favor of Mr.
Micawber, 'Bills - a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since - because they are negotiable.
Those discerning citizens are well aware that the mechanic and manufacturing arts furnish the materials of mercantile enterprise and industry.
A landed interest, a manufacturing interest, a mercantile interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes, actuated by different sentiments and views.
The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, the Lloyd's List, the Packet-Boat, and the Maritime and Colonial Review, all papers devoted to insurance companies which threatened to raise their rates of premium, were unanimous on this point.
But, withal, this Peter Goldthwaite, crack-brained simpleton as, perhaps, he was, might have cut a very brilliant figure in the world, had he employed his imagination in the airy business of poetry, instead of making it a demon of mischief in mercantile pursuits.
In the widening of the shores sinking low in the gray, smoky distances the greatness of the sea receives the mercantile fleet of good ships that London sends out upon the turn of every tide.
After some meditation he named a place in a mercantile house at Liege, and another in a bookseller's shop at Louvain.
A mercantile house was established in the metropolis of Pennsylvania, with the avails of Mr.