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Definition related to economic trade, business, or or profit

More rarely, mercantile may mean related to mercantilism.
  • The mercantile and commercial interests of the north are at odds with the southern desire for cultural preservation.
  • preached a mercantile and militant patriotism
  • The exchange was created for purely mercantile purposes.
  • mercantile theories
  • After several minutes of watching farmers in faded overalls and their women in flour-sack-cut dresses promenading under the verandas, T.J. said, "Why don't we go on down to the mercantile and look around?"
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • Including that pearl-handled pistol in Barnett's Mercantile.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • More than once I stopped and gazed over my shoulder at the mercantile.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • The Barnett Mercantile had everything.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • We go on down to the mercantile now and order up our stuff, we'll save her some time so when she come from seein' that lawyer, we can jus' go on home.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • 'bout got to shop at that Wallace store or up at the mercantile in Strawberry, which is jus' bout as bad.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • "I dunno if y'all's little ears should hear this, but it seems he called Mr. Jim Lee Barnett a liar—he's the man who runs the Mercantile down in Strawberry.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • After he and the Simmses left Great Faith, they went directly into Strawberry to get the pearl-handled pistol, but when they arrived the mercantile was already closed.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • About T.J.'s breaking into the mercantile with the Simmses, about his coming in the night fleeing the Simmses, about the coming of the men and what they had done to the Averys.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • mercantile = general store
  • He also established New York's first mercantile agency and presided over it until just before his death at the age of eighty-five in 1873.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The mercantile and reasonable part in England, will be still with us; because, peace with trade, is preferable to war without it.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • 'Our illustrious host and friend,' said Bar; 'our shining mercantile star;—going into politics?'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And in 1907, there was the entry: Mortgage, Montague Irwin to Mortonville Mercantile Bank, $42,000, due January 1, 1910.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • His face they seldom saw, for, either through shyness, or not to disturb his mercantile mood, he avoided looking towards their quarters.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Her husband was captain of a mercantile boat plying between Dublin and Holland; and they had one child.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • ' The phrase is not altogether unjust, for all its mercantile ring.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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