What goes in the blank?

Commerce → Commercial
Finance → Financial
Trade → __________

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    The -ial suffix is typically attached to English nouns of Latinate/Romance origin, turning them into adjectives; whereas trade is of Germanic origin.
    – Tim
    Nov 29, 2014 at 18:05
  • @TRomano: Are you sure? Trade is also French, tradere is Latin (for handing over something...), and the German equivalent is Handel. Dec 1, 2014 at 13:50

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One word is mercantile:

Related to trade



Trade is also an adjective; ( from TFD)

  • of or relating to trade or commerce.

  • (Commerce) intended for or available only to people in industry or business: trade prices.


Trade -> Trading

trading company, trading post, insider trading, trading partner, trading port, trading account


The adjective of trade can be also trade, e.g., trade secret, trade agreement, trade protocol, etc. If "commercial" is used in the same adjectival sense, it is ok.



Hope this helps :)

  • One word answers tend to get deleted on EL&U. If you could explain why you consider transactional to be a valid answer, that would be great. Thanks!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 30, 2014 at 21:47

finance is to financial and trade is to enterprise.

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