[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.
  1. negotiables, negotiable bonds, stocks, etc.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for negotiable

transferable, debatable, assignable, transactional

Examples from the Web for negotiable

Contemporary Examples of negotiable

Historical Examples of negotiable

  • 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


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

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

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