mercantile

[ mur-kuh n-teel, -tahyl, -til ]SEE DEFINITION OF mercantile
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Moreover, the use of it is gradually extending in the mercantile marine.

When Mr. Weddell commenced his mercantile life it was no child's play.

He dreamed in terms of battleships and of a mercantile marine.

And I must laugh to see my neighbours making a to-do about a mercantile bargain.

My friend Tom has worked on a farm, while I have been engaged in mercantile pursuits.

To his mercantile friend in Wood Street he never applied in vain.

The Black Sea is, of course, open to the mercantile vessels of all nations.

He pushed his mercantile business for years, amassing an immense fortune.

Our mercantile marine is at the last gasp (warlike digression).

The facts obtained by mercantile agencies are not public property.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from French mercantile (17c.), from Italian mercantile, from Medieval Latin mercantile, from Latin mercantem (nominative mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," present participle of mercari "to trade," from merx (see market (n.)). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).

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