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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Other Words from negotiable

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for negotiable


navigable, passable


impassable (also impassible), unnegotiable, unpassable

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Examples of negotiable in a Sentence

The terms of the contract are negotiable. The price was not negotiable. a rough but negotiable road
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On the list of non-negotiable beauty rules — right next to removing your makeup before bed — is prepping your skin before foundation. Allure, "13 Makeup Primers and Alternatives for People Who Hate Primer," 20 Mar. 2019 Splits between listing and buyer’s agents are also fully negotiable, though as Hunt pointed out, that gets handled in a separate, typically undisclosed agreement between the agents involved. Kenneth R. Harney,, "Paying The Right Commission Is Ultimately Up To You," 21 June 2018 Splits between listing and buyer's agents are also fully negotiable, though as Hunt pointed out, that gets handled in a separate, typically undisclosed agreement between the agents involved. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Paying the right commission is ultimately up to you," 18 June 2018 Even the Mountain’s one-sheet states that the price is negotiable; the question is how much. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "An Empty Lot Above Beverly Hills Is the Most Expensive Real Estate in the World," 17 Jan. 2019 Martins has previously been linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool but all were fended off by Sporting who declared any potential transfer a 'non-negotiable'., "Arsenal Reportedly Consider Tabling Offer for Sporting CP Starlet Gelson Martins," 2 June 2018 Hypomanic episodes are a non-negotiable part of this diagnosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things to Know About the Surprisingly Subtle Hypomanic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder," 30 Nov. 2018 Prize is not replaceable if lost or stolen, non-transferable, non-negotiable and not redeemable for cash, credit or merchandise. Hartford Courant,, "Official Sweepstakes Rules," 5 July 2018 The requests, some of which appeared to be negotiable, capped a whirlwind day of back-and-forth statements on Thursday. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Hearing in limbo as Kavanaugh's accuser sets her terms; Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen meets with Mueller," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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Financial Definition of negotiable

What It Is

Negotiable refers to an item that can be sold or transferred to another party as a form of unconditional payment. Negotiable also means that the terms of an agreement can be adjusted.

How It Works

A negotiable check given to one person can then be endorsed and may be used as a payment to a third party. Also, certain types of commercial paper securities or bonds may be negotiable (they may be signed by the bearer of the bonds and redeemed).  The right to payment through a negotiable instrument, such as a currency or endorsed checks is determined based on possession.

According to the United States Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), an item is negotiable if it meets the following criteria:  the promise to pay must be unconditional; the payment must be for a specific sum; payment must be made on demand; no further performance by any party is needed; and payment must be to the bearer of the negotiable instrument.
In terms of an agreement, the parties may be negotiating the terms of a contract or the scope of a project.   For example, a proposal for work by a contractor at a certain fee may be negotiable.  That is, the contractor may be willing to do more work or lower the price.  A contract is usually negotiable until it is executed.

Why It Matters

Once a negotiable instrument is given to another party, it is payable unconditionally. Possession governs in almost every way; it is the functional equivalent to cash. On a balance sheet, negotiable instruments are classified as "cash or its equivalents."  Under the US UCC regulations, letters of credit, bills of lading, most securities, deeds, and IOUs are not negotiable.

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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

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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

Other Words from negotiable

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

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