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negotiable

[ni-goh-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l]
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adjective
  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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noun
  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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  • If negotiable cheques only grew on trees, life would not be so difficult.'

  • The promise to pay of a negotiable note must be unconditional.

  • "I have five millions in negotiable securities," Delancy added.

    Making People Happy

    Thompson Buchanan

  • Negotiable drafts were known to the Assyrians and Carthaginians.

  • The discount of negotiable paper also is a duty of the directors.

    Commercial Law

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


British Dictionary definitions for negotiable

negotiable

adjective
  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 negotiable

adj.

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

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