• WordNet 3.6
    • n mercantilism transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
    • n mercantilism an economic system (Europe in 18th century) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n mercantilism The mercantile spirit or character; devotion to trade and commerce; excessive importance attached to traffic, or to exchange of values in any way.
    • n mercantilism In political economics, the mercantile system, or the theories embodied in it. See mercantile.
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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.”


In literature:

He is engaged rather in a mercantile way, though with the most scholarly works, I do assure you.
"Winning His "W"" by Everett Titsworth Tomlinson
They were, thank Heaven, the only taste of mercantile business which I ever had.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
Trade was increasing daily, and rapidly filling up the town with mercantile men.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
And the hope of France is, that in the race for mercantile and naval greatness she may yet challenge and vanquish the Sovereign of the Seas.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
He seemed to be fond of mercantile life, establishing manufactories, and letting out money on bond and mortgage.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
But between this and an ordinary mercantile risk no parallel can be drawn.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Mr. Imlay was involved in a question of considerable difficulty, respecting a mercantile adventure in Norway.
"Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by William Godwin
The stores in the town are mostly owned, and the mercantile business chiefly carried on, by Americans.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
As trade grew up, other commercial harbours gave rise to considerable mercantile towns.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
It has hunted the German mercantile marine from the high seas.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" 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:

Indianapolis' mayor has met with top executives of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to discuss bringing the financial market to Indiana's largest city.
Costa Mesa-based Pacific Mercantile Bancorp appointed a representative of one of its new investors to its board of directors.
The parent company of Pacific Mercantile Bank tapped Daniel Strauss, senior vice president of New York-based Clinton Group Inc.
Comedy at the Mercantile .
Doug Bolton at the Mercantile Library.
Jerry Kathman at the Mercantile Library.
Allen Truel opened his Socorro Western Mercantile store last month.
Mercantile Library presents George Packer.
Keyport Mercantile returns to town.
KEYPORT — During its heyday the Keyport Mercantile was at the center of the community's activity, but as time passed, it became simply another aging building with little hope of recovery.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-The Mercantile Grill moved into the ever-changing dining space attached to the Stagecoach, opening its doors July 5.
Heating oil prices retreated yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange as a surge in refinery production helped swell inventories in the Northeast.
Phyllis Rose runs Unique Antique and Mercantile in Sophia, where she is known as the town historian .
Benchmark crude rose 84 cents Friday to end at $86.73 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
On balance, then, I would say that Mr Obama's mercantilism is overstated, even if he has rhetorical impulses in that direction.

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