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commodity

[kuh-mod-i-tee] /kəˈmɒd ɪ ti/
noun, plural commodities.
1.
an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
2.
something of use, advantage, or value.
3.
Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
4.
Obsolete. a quantity of goods.
Origin of commodity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English commodite < Anglo-French < Latin commoditās timeliness, convenience, equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity
Related forms
noncommodity, adjective, noun, plural noncommodities.
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  • He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • He gets rest, commodity, and reputation; but he shuts the door of truth.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Here at Athens there is a dearth of the commodity, and all wisdom seems to have emigrated from us to you.

    Meno Plato
  • A cent is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Thus the use of commodity, regarded by itself, is mean and squalid.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for commodity

commodity

/kəˈmɒdɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an article of commerce
2.
something of use, advantage, or profit
3.
(economics) an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
4.
(obsolete)
  1. a quantity of goods
  2. convenience or expediency
Word Origin
C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious
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Word Origin and History for commodity
n.

early 15c., "benefit, profit, welfare;" later "a convenient or useful product," from Middle French commodité "benefit, profit," from Latin commoditatem (nominative commoditas) "fitness, adaptation, convenience, advantage," from commodus "suitable, convenient" (see commode). General sense "property possession" is from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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commodity in Culture

commodity definition


Any product manufactured or grown.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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