mercantile


mercantile
mercantile (adj.) 1640s, from Fr. mercantile (17c.), from It. mercantile, from M.L. mercantile, from L. mercantem (nom. mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," prp. of mercari "to trade," from merx (see MARKET (Cf. market) (n.)). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).

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  • mercantile — [ mɛrkɑ̃til ] adj. • 1551; mot it., de mercante « marchand » 1 ♦ Vx Commercial. Spécialt Système mercantile. ⇒ mercantilisme. 2 ♦ (fin XVIIIe) Mod. Digne d un commerçant cupide, d un profiteur. « Sans que jamais rien de vénal et de mercantile ose …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mercantile — I adjective business, commercial, economic, exchange, financial, fiscal, industrial, market, merchandising, monetary, trade associated concepts: mercantile law, mercantile paper II index commercial, i …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • mercantile — [der. di mercante ]. ■ agg. 1. a. [che ha attinenza col commercio o serve al commercio: diritto m. ; porto m. ] ▶◀ commerciale. b. (marin.) [di nave e sim., destinato al trasporto di merci e passeggeri: flotta m. ] ◀▶ militare. 2. (fig., spreg.) …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • mercantile — *commercial …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mercantile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to trade or commerce. ORIGIN from Italian mercante merchant …   English terms dictionary

  • mercantile — [mʉr′kən tīl΄, mʉr′kəntil, mʉr′kəntēl΄] adj. [Fr < It < mercante, merchant < L mercans, prp. of mercari: see MERCHANT] 1. of or characteristic of merchants or trade; commercial 2. of mercantilism …   English World dictionary

  • mercantile — mer·can·tì·le agg., s.m. CO 1. agg., relativo o destinato al commercio: codice mercantile; traffico mercantile, porto mercantile Sinonimi: commerciale. 2. agg., di, da mercante: vita mercantile, spirito mercantile | spreg., mercantesco 3. agg.,… …   Dizionario italiano

  • mercantile — (mèr kan ti l ) adj. 1°   Qui a rapport au commerce, qui se livre au commerce. •   Il faut convenir que la littérature, car c est ainsi que cela s appelle, a beaucoup gagné du côté des spéculations mercantiles, LAHARPE Corresp. t. IV, p. 210.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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