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mercantile

Line breaks: mer¦can|tile
Pronunciation: /ˈməːk(ə)ntʌɪl
 
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Definition of mercantile in English:

adjective

Relating to trade or commerce; commercial: the shift of wealth to the mercantile classes
More example sentences
  • It issued currency supported by adequate specie reserves, accepted deposits, discounted mercantile notes, and turned a respectable profit for investors.
  • Though not a rich man, my brother had earned a sufficient income in mercantile pursuits.
  • The economic infrastructure to support its mercantile potential is not in evidence in Dublin.
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Origin

mid 17th century: from French, from Italian, from mercante 'merchant'.

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