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trade

1) n. a business or occupation for profit, particularly in retail or wholesale sales or requiring special mechanical skill. 2) v. to exchange one thing for another, which includes money for goods, goods for goods, and favors for goods or money. (See: trade fixture, trade secret, trademark)

trade

operations of a commercial character involving the provision to customers of goods or services for reward; an adventure in the nature of a trade connotes a single such operation.

TRADE. In its most extensive signification this word includes all sorts of dealings by way of Bale or exchange. In a more limited sense it signifies the dealings in a particular business, as the India trade; by trade is also understood the business of a particular mechanic, hence boys are said to be put apprentices to learn a trade, as the trade of a carpenter, shoemaker, and the like. Bac. Ab. Master and Servant, D 1. Trade differs from art. (q.v.)
     2. It is the policy of the law to encourage trade, and therefore all contracts which restrain the exercise of a man's talents in trade are detrimental to the commonwealth, and therefore void; though he may bind himself not to exercise a trade in a particular place, for, in this last case, as he may pursue it in another place, the commonwealth has the benefit of it. 8 Mass. 223; 9 Mass. 522. Vide Ware R. 257, 260 Com. Dig. h.t.; Vin. Ab. h.t.

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Yet even with evidence for massive indigenous trading activities at least since the late sixteenth century most authors insist on inserting a conceptual fire-wall, to wit Stern's differentiation between "European colonial" and "traditional Andean" models of exchange, according to which some rationales guiding individual Andeans' trade may help to sustain the Andean cultural logic while others corrode and betray it.
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I would rather have the enforcement mechanism be handled by the WTO rather than our imposing sanctions, but China is still not a member because it won't meet the commercial conditions its trading partners require.
We've tried sin taxes on cigarettes and liquor and neither has stopped people from smoking and drinking, but taxing profits 100 percent is almost guaranteed to stop people from short-term trading. Short-term investors--which according to published reports is nine investors out of ten these days--admittedly are a gung-ho lot, but it's hard to imagine any who are gung-ho enough to continue buying and selling pro bono.
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