ne·​go·​tia·​ble | \ ni-ˈgō-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce negotiable (audio) \

Definition of negotiable

: capable of being negotiated: such as
a : transferable from one person to another by being delivered with or without endorsement (see endorse sense 1d) so that the title passes to the transferee (see transferee sense 1) negotiable securities
b : capable of being traversed, dealt with, or accomplished a difficult but negotiable road some kind of agreement was negotiable
c : open to discussion or dispute The terms of the contract are negotiable. The price was not negotiable.

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negotiability \ ni-​ˌgō-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce negotiable (audio) \ noun

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The terms of the contract are negotiable. The price was not negotiable. a rough but negotiable road
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Recent Examples on the Web Buttigieg's nomination is more of a head-scratcher, but fortunately for him the only non-negotiable qualification for a cabinet position is the ability to convince 51 senators to vote for you. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: Hennessey Venom, Mercedes EVs, and Cabinet Appointments," 19 Dec. 2020 In all instances, severance packages are negotiable. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, "What is severance pay and how does it work?," 16 Dec. 2020 The current historical moment, in which facts are negotiable, white nationalism is on the rise and the nation is weathering a pandemic, is an important time to redefine American mythologies of invention. Anjali Vats, The Conversation, "The iconic American inventor is still a white male – and that’s an obstacle to race and gender inclusion," 8 Dec. 2020 While Lin and Dorsey embrace flexibility and innovation in the realm of dumplings, there is one thing that is non-negotiable: their relationship comes first. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Two dudes who love dumplings - and each other - open new Houston dumpling-making biz," 24 Nov. 2020 Iran maintains that its ballistic missile program is vital for deterring potential attacks and non-negotiable. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn't matter," 29 Oct. 2020 David: If a price is not given, and the work is done, the price is still negotiable. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "I got overcharged on a plumbing job — and the point is it can happen to anyone," 23 Oct. 2020 But executive producer and showrunner Evelyn Warfel, says one thing was not-negotiable. CBS News, ""The Price is Right" is returning with new safety measures, including no audience members," 24 Oct. 2020 Therapy and meditation are non-negotiable for me now. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "20 Questions with Chaz Cardigan: Writing About Anxiety & His Advice for Voters," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of negotiable

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for negotiable

negoti(ate) + -able, perhaps after French négociable

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The first known use of negotiable was in 1758

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13 Jan 2021

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“Negotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of negotiable

: able to be discussed and changed before an agreement or decision is made
: able to be successfully traveled over
finance : able to be passed from one person to another in return for something of equal value


ne·​go·​tia·​ble | \ ni-ˈgō-shə-bəl How to pronounce negotiable (audio) \

Kids Definition of negotiable

1 : able to be discussed in order to reach an agreement a negotiable price
2 : able to be successfully dealt with or traveled over negotiable roads


ne·​go·​tia·​ble | \ ni-ˈgō-shə-bəl How to pronounce negotiable (audio) \

Legal Definition of negotiable

: capable of being negotiated especially : transferable from one party to another by delivery with or without endorsement so that title passes to the transferee negotiable securities a negotiable certificate of deposit — see also negotiable instrument

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negotiability \ ni-​ˌgō-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce negotiable (audio) \ noun

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