Adjective "mercantile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to trade or commerce; commercial.
  1. 'The construction of a railroad inspired the establishment of freight and mercantile businesses, and farmers grew fields of hay for horses and other pack animals.'
  2. 'William did not assume his grandfather's title, which had lapsed on his death, but he did inherit the residue of the baronet's extensive property, and his mercantile and shipbuilding businesses at Kittery.'
  3. 'The economic infrastructure to support its mercantile potential is not in evidence in Dublin.'
  4. 'In the old Fort area of Bombay, where the British once had their mercantile offices, is a stately stone building called Bombay House.'
  5. 'It also represents the Min-Yue culture characterized by its contacts with the outside world and great emphasis on mercantile entrepreneurship.'
  6. 'Like his father, his political career was hampered by his adherence to fair trade and his mercantile Birmingham roots.'
  7. 'Siberian woolly mammoths made their way over the Bering land bridge to the New World long before mercantile ships made the journey.'
  8. 'If the Legislature approves sweeping business tax reforms - replacing the business privilege and mercantile taxes with a payroll tax - the board wants to control money raised by the new levy.'
  9. 'The policy itself, however, was a devastating blow to China's coastal economy and her once thriving maritime mercantile ventures, creating a void later to be filled by the European trading powers.'
  10. 'Though not a rich man, my brother had earned a sufficient income in mercantile pursuits.'


1. of or relating to merchants or trade; commercial.

2. engaged in trade or commerce: a mercantile nation.

3. Economics. of or relating to the mercantile system.

More examples(as adjective)

"stores can be mercantile."

"prices can be mercantile."

"oils can be mercantile."

"banks can be mercantile."

"agents can be mercantile."

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Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian, from mercante ‘merchant’.