negotiable paper, as drafts, bills of exchange, etc., given in the course of business.
corporate promissory notes, usually short-term and unsecured, sold in the open market.
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Origin of commercial paper
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for commercial paper
a short-term negotiable document, such as a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc, calling for the transference of a specified sum of money at a designated date
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