issuable

adjective

is·​su·​able ˈi-shü-ə-bəl How to pronounce issuable (audio)
1
: open to contest, debate, or litigation
2
: authorized for issue
bonds issuable under the merger terms
3
: possible as a result or consequence
issuably adverb

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Although issuable now tends to appear in financial contexts (such as in reference to shares that are eligible to be issued, or made available, according to a company's articles of incorporation), it was originally used in the late 16th century as a legal term: an issuable matter was one that was open to contest, debate, or litigation. Within a century, though, the word had taken on the "authorized for issue" meaning that it most commonly has today. In making its home in the world of finance, issuable is carrying on a family tradition. In the early 14th century, its predecessor issue began being used in plural to refer to proceeds from a source of revenue, such as an estate. Issue itself traces back to Latin exire, meaning "to go out."

Examples of issuable in a Sentence

an issuable claim that the food additive causes cancer
Recent Examples on the Web Treasury officials are able to invoke ‘’extraordinary measures’' to continue financing government activities up to a certain point, but without increasing the amount of issuable debt ‘’would probably run out of cash’' in October or November, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Himle said that prior to the audit meeting, the police department had put together a plan to deal with the transfer of the thousands of re-issuable citations to the Municipal Court. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of issuable was circa 1570

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“Issuable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/issuable. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

issuable

adjective
is·​su·​able ˈi-shü-ə-bəl How to pronounce issuable (audio)
1
: open to contest, debate, or litigation
an issuable fact
also : made on the merits and subject to dispute
an issuable plea
an issuable defense
2
: authorized for issue
bonds issuable under the merger terms
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