mercantilism
noun Date: 1838 1. the theory or practice of mercantile pursuits ; commercialism 2. an economic system developing during the decay of feudalism to unify and increase the power and especially the monetary wealth of a nation by a strict governmental regulation of the entire national economy usually through policies designed to secure an accumulation of bullion, a favorable balance of trade, the development of agriculture and manufactures, and the establishment of foreign trading monopolies • mercantilist noun or adjectivemercantilistic adjective

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