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mercantile

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/ˈmɜːkəntaɪl/ formal
COMMERCE relating to trade: Instead of mercantile competition with Europe and America, Chinese capitalists have been looking to the developing world for bigger opportunities. a mercantile economy/society/tax
(Definition of mercantile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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