sal·​able | \ ˈsā-lə-bəl \
variants: or saleable

Definition of salable

: capable of being or fit to be sold : marketable

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salability \ ˌsā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

Examples of salable in a Sentence

We'll have to repaint the house for it to be salable. an item that would be too expensive to produce, and attractive to too few people, to ever be considered a salable commodity

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Is this shtick, familiar from 2016, salable two years later? Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Trumpism’s Big Florida Test," 2 Nov. 2018 The World Butcher Challenge has teams of six carving a side of beef, a side of pork, a whole lamb and five chickens into salable pieces within three hours and 15 minutes. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento beats out Paris and Sao Paulo to host 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge," 11 July 2018 Six months after marijuana was legalized, new safety and regulation laws take effect Sunday, and some Sacramento dispensaries are rushing to clear inventory that will no longer be salable come Sunday, July 1. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Marijuana on clearance as dispensaries sell off inventory before new rules take effect," 28 June 2018 Betzig is toying with the idea of harnessing his microscope to create salable art in his retirement. Jeffery Delviscio, STAT, "A new microscope spies the raucous beauty within living cells," 19 Apr. 2018 There are the stories of the strictly financial, like when a piece that was once a symbol of everlasting love morphs into a strictly salable commodity that helps to pay the mortgage, a child’s college tuition or a charitable donation. Jane Gordon Julien, New York Times, "The Marriage Is Over, but the Jewelry Is Mine," 18 Jan. 2018 In guidebooks, charm tends to be a commercial marker, a signifier for an imaginary, easily salable and consumable notion of authenticity. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Spettacolo,’ a Tuscan Town Where All the World’s a Stage," 5 Sep. 2017 Galleries from all over the world send their representatives here with some of their finest, or at least most salable, art, and members of the Chicago art world put on their finest clothes and go out to meet them. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Visual Art Another EXPO, another long weekend of art-world spectacle," 14 Sep. 2017 Estimates of the salable value of the city's Caravaggios and van Goghs were coming in at $2 billion or more. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "How Big Foundations Saved the Detroit Institute of Arts," 23 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of salable

1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of salable

: capable of being sold : good enough to be sold


variants: or saleable \ ˈsā-​lə-​bəl \

Kids Definition of salable

: good enough to sell


variants: or saleable \ ˈsā-​lə-​bəl \

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to gather or build up little by little

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