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 .
/ˈmɜːkənˌtaɪl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial
2.
of or relating to mercantilism
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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