issuable

adjective
is·​su·​able | \ ˈi-shü-ə-bəl How to pronounce issuable (audio) \

Definition of issuable

1 : open to contest, debate, or litigation
2 : authorized for issue bonds issuable under the merger terms
3 : possible as a result or consequence

Other Words from issuable

issuably \ ˈi-​shü-​ə-​blē How to pronounce issuable (audio) \ 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."

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an issuable claim that the food additive causes cancer
Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of issuable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Issuable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/issuable. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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issuable

adjective
is·​su·​able | \ ˈi-shü-ə-bəl How to pronounce issuable (audio) \

Legal Definition of issuable

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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