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[ni-goh-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being negotiated: a negotiable salary demand.
  2. (of bills, securities, etc.) transferable by delivery, with or without endorsement, according to the circumstances, the title passing to the transferee.
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  1. negotiables, negotiable bonds, stocks, etc.
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Origin of negotiable

First recorded in 1750–60; negoti(ate) + -able
Related formsne·go·ti·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ne·go·ti·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ne·go·ti·a·ble, adjectiveun·ne·go·ti·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for negotiability

Historical Examples

  • In case of negotiability, no notice to the debtor is necessary.

    Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 3


  • The instrument must contain words of negotiability, such as or bearer, or order, or words of similar meaning.

  • During the past weeks all the balance of his belongings that possessed any negotiability whatsoever had been turned into meal.

  • Negotiability applies only to this branch of the law, while assignability applies to ordinary cases of contract law.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill

  • This check is governed by the law of negotiability with the result which we have just indicated.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill

British Dictionary definitions for negotiability


  1. able to be negotiated
  2. (of a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc) legally transferable in title from one party to another
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Derived Formsnegotiability, noun
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Word Origin and History for negotiability



1749, from negotiate + -able, or from French négociable (17c.). Related: Negotiably; negotiability.

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