Commercial. Pertaining to trade and commerce in merchandise. Although the word includes trade, it is of a larger significance, being extended to all commercial operations, so that we speak of shipping merchants, commission merchants, and forwarding merchants. But the dishes of a restaurant could not with propriety be described as merchandise, or the proprietor as a merchant, or as engaged in mercantile pursuits. Swift & Co. v Tempelos, 178 NC 276, 101 SE 8, 7 ALR 1581, 1583.

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