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[mahr-ki-tuh-buh l] /ˈmɑr kɪ tə bəl/
readily salable.
of or relating to selling or buying:
marketable values; marketable areas.
Origin of marketable
First recorded in 1590-1600; market + -able
Related forms
marketability, marketableness, noun
marketably, adverb
nonmarketability, noun
nonmarketable, adjective, noun
unmarketable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Chastity was esteemed in the women only as a marketable commodity.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • They were marketable and would surely provide a supper for him.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • The usual and marketable size of a bunch was from one to two pounds weight.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • Nature gives us all, except the means to turn her into marketable account.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • marketable marine-fish will be treated of in a later chapter.

    Devonshire Francis A. Knight
  • In general, the storage conditions should be the same as for marketable onions.

British Dictionary definitions for marketable


(of commodities, assets, etc)
  1. being in good demand; saleable
  2. suitable for sale
of or relating to buying or selling on a market: marketable value
Derived Forms
marketability, marketableness, noun
marketably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for marketable

c.1600, from market + -able. Related: Marketably; marketability.

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