mer·​chant·​able | \ˈmər-chən-tə-bəl \

Definition of merchantable 

: of commercially acceptable quality : salable

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merchantability \ˌmər-​chən-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for merchantable


marketable, salable (or saleable), sellable


nonsalable, unmarketable, unsalable, unsellable

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Examples of merchantable in a Sentence

a logging operation that strips an area of all of its trees, only a small percentage of which will yield merchantable timber

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If only one percent of those logs escaped and somehow eluded beachcombers, that means 100 million board feet of merchantable timber became driftwood each year. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 Today, the land for sale has what's estimated to be 2 million board feet of merchantable timber. Janet Eastman,, "Family buys Oregon town, parcel by parcel, over 3 decades (photos)," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of merchantable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of merchantable

law : of good enough quality to be sold


mer·​chant·​able | \ˈmər-chən-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of merchantable 

: of commercially acceptable quality : characterized by fitness for normal use, good quality, and accord with any statements or promises made on the packaging or label merchantable goods — see also implied warranty and warranty of merchantability at warranty sense 2a

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merchantability \ˌmər-​chən-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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