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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 unsaleable
Historical Examples
  • But times are mending, and this stock, like every other, is not likely to be again so unsaleable.

  • There is no demand for it, and it is about the most unsaleable lace of the day.

  • Before we came, he owned practically nothing but unsaleable land.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • On arriving at their destination, however, they were found to be unsaleable.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • Of the unsaleable nature of this publication, he relates an amusing illustration.

    Books and Authors Anonymous
  • But the white slave was unsaleable, and his life of no account.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • The property was unsaleable and Del Ferice knew it, and had no intention of selling it.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • The markets are all glutted, and without foreign demand, a surplus produce is not desirable, because unsaleable and perishable.

  • It would, of course, be easy enough to get together a dreary little volume of unreadable and unsaleable song.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
  • Of the unsaleable nature of this publication, he himself relates an amusing illustration.

British Dictionary definitions for unsaleable


not capable of being sold


the US spelling of saleable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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