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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mercantile  \Mer"can*tile\  (?;  277),  a.  [F.  mercantile,  It 
  mercantile,  fr  L.  mercans  -antis,  p.  pr  of  mercari  to 
  traffic.  See  {Merchant}.] 
  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.  --Arbuthnot. 
  {Mercantile  agency},  an  agency  for  procuring  information  of 
  the  standing  and  credit  of  merchants  in  different  parts  of 
  the  country,  for  the  use  of  dealers  who  sell  to  them 
  {Mercantile  marine},  the  persons  and  vessels  employed  in 
  commerce,  taken  collectively. 
  {Mercantile  paper},  the  notes  or  acceptances  given  by 
  merchants  for  goods  bought,  or  received  on  consignment; 
  drafts  on  merchants  for  goods  sold  or  consigned. 
  Syn:  {Mercantile},  {Commercial}. 
  Usage:  Commercial  is  the  wider  term,  being  sometimes  used  to 
  embrace  mercantile.  In  their  stricter  use  commercial 
  relates  to  the  shipping,  freighting,  forwarding,  and 
  other  business  connected  with  the  commerce  of  a 
  country  (whether  external  or  internal),  that  is  the 
  exchange  of  commodities;  while  mercantile  applies  to 
  the  sale  of  merchandise  and  goods  when  brought  to 
  market.  As  the  two  employments  are  to  some  extent 
  intermingled,  the  two  words  are  often  interchanged. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  the  economic  system  of  mercantilism; 
  "mercantile  theories";  "mercantile  system" 
  2:  profit  oriented;  "a  commercial  book";  "preached  a  mercantile 
  and  militant  patriotism"-  John  Buchan;  "a  mercenary 
  enterprise";  "a  moneymaking  business"  [syn:  {mercenary},  {moneymaking(a)}] 
  3:  of  or  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  trade  or  traders; 
  "the  mercantile  North  was  forging  ahead"-  Van  Wyck  Brooks 
  [syn:  {business(a)}] 

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