mar·ket·able | \ ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl \

Definition of marketable 

1a : fit to be offered for sale in a market food that is not marketable

b : wanted by purchasers or employers : salable marketable securities marketable skills

2 : of or relating to buying or selling

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marketability \ˌmär-kə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for marketable


merchantable, salable (or saleable), sellable


nonsalable, unmarketable, unsalable, unsellable

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Examples of marketable in a Sentence

an employee with highly marketable skills realized that the birdhouses he enjoyed making were marketable and began selling them at craft fairs

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As survivors of trauma, the two women have learned valuable skills that give them a sense of purpose, self-confidence, marketable work experience and a paycheck. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Calibr, which was originally established independently, now acts as part of the institute to speed up translation of basic research into marketable treatments. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Scripps Research, AbbVie join in large cancer therapy alliance," 25 June 2018 But after two decades of success in the Triple Crown series, and poised to sweep it for the second time this weekend with Justify, a 65-year-old trainer has become the closest thing horse racing has to a marketable, mainstream star. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Triple Crown success has made trainer Bob Baffert a crossover star," 7 June 2018 No target may be as marketable as Hand, who has a team-friendly contract and 24 saves with 64 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Will Manny Machado, Brad Hand and others get traded before All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 The rest of the NFL’s most marketable names—Odell Beckham, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt—are bundled into the mid 50s or higher. Conor Orr,, "Who Really Cares About the NFL Outside of the United States?," 22 May 2018 Despite their perceived solidarity, the most celebrated, cherished, copied and marketable band of pro cheerleaders is finally suing its parent organization. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Jerry, you're going to have to pay for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders," 19 June 2018 With its new Business School building opening in August 2018, students are enrolling for programs that give them a leg up in obtaining transferrable and marketable knowledge and skills into a university and/or the job market. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Business savvy graduates in high demand," 18 June 2018 By creating the out-lots, Callahan said the land would be more marketable and desirable for development. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora Plaza seeks to modernize with updated design," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of marketable

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of marketable

: able to be sold : wanted by buyers or employers


mar·ket·able | \ ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of marketable 

1 : fit to be offered for sale : being such as may be justly or lawfully sold or bought marketable goods

2 : wanted by buyers marketable securities

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