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 for Mercantile
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The expedition of the Argonauts was partly mercantile,
           partly military.                         --Arbuthnot.
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     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.
        --McElrath.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mercantile
      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: mercantile,
         mercenary, moneymaking(a)]
      3: relating to or characteristic of trade or traders; "the
         mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks

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