[mahr-ki-tuh-buh l]


readily salable.
of or relating to selling or buying: marketable values; marketable areas.

Origin of marketable

First recorded in 1590–1600; market + -able
Related formsmar·ket·a·bil·i·ty, mar·ket·a·ble·ness, nounmar·ket·a·bly, adverbnon·mar·ket·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mar·ket·a·ble, adjective, nounun·mar·ket·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of marketable

Historical Examples of marketable

  • 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.


    Francis A. Knight

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 marketmarketable value
Derived Formsmarketability or marketableness, nounmarketably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for marketable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper