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or saleable

[sey-luh-buh l] /ˈseɪ lə bəl/
subject to or suitable for sale; readily sold:
The books were sent back by the store in salable condition.
Origin of salable
First recorded in 1520-30; sale + -able
Related forms
salability, saleability, noun
salably, saleably, adverb
nonsalability, nonsaleability, noun
nonsalable, nonsaleable, adjective
nonsalably, nonsaleably, adverb
unsalability, unsaleability, noun
unsalable, unsaleable, adjective
unsalably, unsaleably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for saleable
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  • Now that he was a miner he had no use for them, and at River Bend they were not saleable.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Will probably be the most popular and saleable novel since Robert Elsmere.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • We buy what is saleable of it; nothing more was ever buyable.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • They succeeded as saleable literature, and they gained the Earl's favour.

    Montaigne and Shakspere John M. Robertson
  • If the whole were saleable, surely so also must be the half.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope
  • Who is to settle what is good or bad, saleable or otherwise?

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • In general, to the extent that any commodity meets these tests, it will be saleable.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • This is the most saleable series of 25 cent books ever printed.

British Dictionary definitions for saleable


fit for selling or capable of being sold
Derived Forms
saleability, saleableness (US) salability, salableness, noun
saleably, (US) salably, adverb


the US spelling of saleable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for saleable

also salable, 1520s, from sale + -able. Related: Salability; saleability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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