mercantile me‧rcan‧tile [ˈmɜːkəntaɪl ǁ ˈmɜːrkəntiːl, -taɪl] adjective [only before a noun] COMMERCE
concerned with trade:

• Tree crops such as coconuts became increasingly important in the mercantile economy into which the islanders were drawn.

• In some countries mercantile law is quite separate from the ordinary law.

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mercantile UK US /ˈmɜːkəntaɪl/ adjective [before noun] FORMAL
COMMERCE relating to trade: »

Instead of mercantile competition with Europe and America, Chinese capitalists have been looking to the developing world for bigger opportunities.


a mercantile economy/society/tax

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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