• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mercantile relating to or characteristic of trade or traders "the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks"
    • adj mercantile profit oriented "a commercial book","preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan","a mercenary enterprise","a moneymaking business"
    • adj mercantile of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism "mercantile theories","mercantile system"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brigham Young invented the department store. Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI as it's known to those in Utah) is still in operation in Salt Lake City.
    • a Mercantile Of or pertaining to merchants, or the business of merchants; having to do with trade, or the buying and selling of commodities; commercial. "The expedition of the Argonauts was partly mercantile , partly military."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mercantile Of or pertaining to merchants, or the traffic carried on by merchants; having to do with trade or commerce; trading; commercial.
    • mercantile Characteristic of the business of merchants; in accord with business principles.
    • mercantile Synonyms Mercantile, Commercial. Commercial is the broader term, including the other. Mercantile applies only to the actual purchase and sale of goods, according to one's line of business; the mercantile class in a community comprises all such as are actually in the business of buying and selling. Commercial covers the whole theory and practice of commerce, home or foreign : as, the British are a commercial people; commercial usages, honor, law. The word is applicable wherever the more varied activities of commerce are concerned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mercantile mėr′kan-tīl pertaining to merchants: having to do with trade: commercial
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  • Lord Byron
    “What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mercantile, It. mercantile, fr. L. mercans, -antis, p. pr. of mercari, to traffic. See Merchant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L.—L. mercans, -antis, pr.p. of mercāri, to trade—merx, mercis, merchandise—merēre, to gain.


In literature:

Some came as mercantile speculators.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
Prominent among the new forces were the rising mercantile and business interests.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The change would be popular, with few exceptions, among all the mercantile and manufacturing classes.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
A reform of the staple and other mercantile enactments proved the king's care for trade.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
We are a wise and provident age, mercantile in our heroics, seeking a solid profit for every sacrifice.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
He had given up all connection with piracy and was now engaged in mercantile pursuits.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
One of the most successful merchants that I know opened a little store in the midst of large and pretentious mercantile establishments.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
It at one time acquired a certain importance in a mercantile point of view, sardines being the staple article of commerce.
"Herzegovina" by George Arbuthnot
The war coming on, the picture passed into possession of the Mercantile Library of New York.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
Through a friend he has of late been able to procure books from the Mercantile Library.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various

In poetry:

"We warn from disaster the mercantile master
Who takes in high Dudgeon our life-saving role,
For every one's grousing at Docking and Dowsing
The marks and the lights on the North Sea Patrol."
"The North Sea Patrol" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Enhances Handheld Trading.
Mercantilism & Early Economic History.
Academic Mercantilism , Militarism, and Managerialism.
Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ended Aug 22, while the New York Mercantile Exchange September RBOB (gasoline) futures contract edged higher.
In 1918, Midge 's family moved to Dove Creek where they were associated with the mercantile business.
Academic Mercantilism, Militarism , and Managerialism.
Market is moving to the Rosewood neighborhood near the Jim Hamilton-L. Owens Airport, where the owner says he will expand its customer and vendor base, extend hours and grow the operation into a one-stop mercantile destination.
The oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.
Benchmark crude for April delivery rose 18 cents at $97.46 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
A reception followed at the McCloud Mercantile Hotel.
The Unique Antique and Mercantile on Main Street attracts those in quest of antiques , collectibles or a history lesson.
CHICAGO (AP) — Early trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Fri.
Mercantile barn at Hillside Farms restored.
Benchmark oil for January delivery was up 32 cents to $88.06 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In science:

The Eurodollar futures are traded on Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Dynamics of Interest Rate Curve by Functional Auto-Regression
Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, which were analyzed by Preis et al. [5–9], the matching of orders is performed according to a real-time “walk” within the order book.
Spurious trend switching phenomena in financial markets