mercantile

What do merchants want to do? Buy and sell things to make a profit. The adjective mercantile describes these kinds of efforts and goals.

Many people have mercantile dreams of opening a store where they can sell things they love and interact with people in their community. Sometimes, however, the word mercantile has negative connotations. Exploiting factory workers, polluting the environment, wasting natural resources? All these reflect the dark side of the mercantile pursuit of profit.

Definitions of mercantile
  1. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
    “"the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks”
    Synonyms:
    commercial
    connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
  2. adjective
    of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism
    mercantile theories”
    mercantile system”
  3. adjective
    profit oriented
    “"preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan”
    synonyms: mercenary, moneymaking
    commercial
    connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises
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