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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Other Words from marketable

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 well as making Juventus one of the most marketable clubs in the world, the Portuguese international will also be seen by the club's parent company, Exor, as a marketing asset for its subsidiaries Fiat, Jeep and Ferrari., "OFFICIAL: Juventus Confirm the Signing of Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on a 4-Year Deal," 10 July 2018 Virgil Abloh is absolutely leading the charge here, and his Off-White show was a really interesting mix of sometimes dark and diversely marketable ideas. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 Black women didn’t suddenly become fashionable or marketable this September — the industry is just finally catching on. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Black Women on the September Covers Give Me Hope, But There’s Still More Work to Do," 20 Aug. 2018 The economy slumped, NASCAR struggled to find ways to keep its long races interesting, and some of the sport’s more marketable stars began moving to the sidelines. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Unexpected crossroads: NASCAR without the France family?," 8 May 2018 But this is where things get hazy: The swing was primarily due to noncash, unrealized gains on derivatives and marketable securities. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Aurora Cannabis Gets High on Its Own Stash," 25 Sep. 2018 Some clinics, for instance, will jigger their denominator—the pool of candidates who actually underwent IVF—to create higher, more marketable success rates. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 The private and public sectors must share responsibility for equipping every American, college-bound or not, with marketable 21st-century skills. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Work: The New Political Breakthrough," 20 Nov. 2018 Manning, 42, remains one of the most marketable figures among current and former NFL players. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Exclusive: Panthers bidder wants Peyton Manning to be part-owner | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 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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marketability \ ˌmär-​kə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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