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Definitions for mercantile
ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪlmer·can·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercantileadjective

    of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism

    "mercantile theories"; "mercantile system"

  2. mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking(a)adjective

    profit oriented

    "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"

  3. mercantileadjective

    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders

    "the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks


  1. mercantileadjective

    Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mercantileadjective

    Trading; commercial.

    The expedition of the Argonauts was partly mercantile, partly military. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Let him travel and fulfil the duties of the military or mercantile life; let prosperous or adverse fortune call him to the most distant parts of the globe, still let him carry on his knowledge, and the improvement of his soul. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercantileadjective

    of or pertaining to merchants, or the business of merchants; having to do with trade, or the buying and selling of commodities; commercial


  1. Mercantile

    The two-masted schooner Mercantile is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The boat became a landmark in 1991.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mercantile

    mėr′kan-tīl, adj. pertaining to merchants: having to do with trade: commercial.—ns. Mer′cantilism; Mer′cantilist.—Mercantile agency, a means of getting information about the circumstances of merchants all over the country, for the use of those who sell to them; Mercantile law, the points of law referring to the dealings of merchants with each other; Mercantile marine, the ships and their crews which in any country are employed in commerce; Mercantile system (polit. econ.), the system of encouraging exportation and restricting importation, so that more may be received than is paid away. [Fr.,—Low L.—L. mercans, -antis, pr.p. of mercāri, to trade—merx, mercis, merchandise—merēre, to gain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercantile in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercantile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of mercantile in a Sentence

  1. Brian Deschanel:

    In a mercantile civilization, kindness does not greet impoverishment, charity searches for trades, freedom is on display for sale, and opportunities are available to those who meet the price.

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