mar·​ket·​able | \ ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl How to pronounce marketable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce marketability (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web And even if someone were to grow marketable quantities of seed for sale, two crucial problems remain. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 Sometimes a good, marketable book published by a small press gets noticed and is republished by a major house. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: ‘American Dirt’ was deemed the first ‘it’ book of 2020 for all the wrong reasons," 28 Jan. 2020 Kerry Washington and Jennifer Garner look like next-level marketable employees, and Mark Ruffalo certainly seems to have a popping personal life in his Facebook picture. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Dolly Parton Challenge Lights Up the Internet and Our Lives With 4 Versions of Everyone's Best Self," 24 Jan. 2020 The company ended the fourth quarter with approximately $55 billion in cash and marketable securities. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Amazon Joins, Then Leaves, the $1 Trillion Club," 31 Jan. 2020 Over time, however, your expertise could grow and become marketable. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 10, 2019: Capricorn, a little kindness goes a long way; Leo, insist upon equality," 10 Oct. 2019 In theory, the bundling of loans into marketable securities deepens capital markets, helps banks clean up their books and allows companies to tap funding by monetizing their assets — all things China desperately needs. Washington Post, "China Bad Debt Is a $300 Billion Value Trap," 23 Sep. 2019 As of March 31, Facebook reported $45 billion in cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities. David Ingram, NBC News, "Facebook hit with $5 billion fine, forced to create privacy oversight board," 24 July 2019 At the time, $3 billion represented about 6 percent of the cash and marketable securities Facebook had on hand. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook reportedly reaches $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of marketable

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Feb 2020

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“Marketable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce marketable (audio) \

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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marketability \ ˌmär-​kə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce marketability (audio) \ noun

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