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mercantile

adjective mer·can·tile \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -ˌtī(-ə)l\

: of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to earn money : of or relating to trade or merchants

Full Definition of MERCANTILE

1
:  of or relating to merchants or trading
2
:  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of mercantilism <mercantile system>
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Origin of MERCANTILE

French, from Italian, from mercante merchant, from Latin mercant-, mercans, from present participle of mercari to trade — more at market
First Known Use: 1642

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
MERCANTILE Defined for Kids

mercantile

adjective mer·can·tile \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -ˌtīl\

Definition of MERCANTILE for Kids

:  of or relating to merchants or trade <a rich mercantile family>

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