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[pur-chuh-suh-buh l] /ˈpɜr tʃə sə bəl/
capable of being bought.
that may be influenced by bribery; venal.
Origin of purchasable
First recorded in 1605-15; purchase + -able
Related forms
purchasability, noun
nonpurchasability, noun
nonpurchasable, adjective
unpurchasable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We even heard that juries were purchasable here, and that a man's success in court depended upon the length of his purse.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • How the opinions of a press that are so purchasable, are at all respected, I cannot understand.

  • Their equipment and supplies were as good as any purchasable.

    54-40 or Fight Emerson Hough
  • Not for twenty louis, not for twenty thousand, should it ever have been purchasable.

  • Kidder's medical battery used forty years ago or more, and still used and purchasable in its first form, was a dynamo.

    Steam Steel and Electricity James W. Steele
  • He could have given any sort of bribe had he deemed the Frenchman purchasable.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Having no manufacturing industries which required saltpeter, very little of that was purchasable in our markets.

  • No one would object to paying 'dear for his whistle,' if that quality was purchasable.

    Miss Dexie Stanford Eveleth
  • And purchasable they are at the beginning of life, though not at its close.

  • The intention was to obtain for five Prussian thalers the gold pistoles, which were purchasable for five convention thalers.

British Dictionary definitions for purchasable


able to be bribed or corrupted
able to be bought
Derived Forms
purchasability, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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