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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Davies said with both his children under 6 years old (and only one set to be vaccinated), he's had to be non-negotiable with his COVID-19 safety stances. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 There’s no way around it: hiring diverse staff with AI expertise and then, critically, empowering them to influence critical design decisions, is a non-negotiable. Judith Spitz, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 In recent days, progressives in the Senate and House have made clear that Medicare expansion — to cover vision, dental and hearing — is a non-negotiable for them. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The possibilities of an equity allocation are technically and practically endless yet generally negotiable. Bryce Erickson, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 Furniture is not included in the asking price, but is negotiable, Ms. Viel said. Alison Gregor, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Nancy Pelosi defended the proposal at a press conference on Tuesday, but said that the $600 figure is negotiable. al, 13 Oct. 2021 However, everything is negotiable: Radio share is usually easily split by genre, but there are no set rules for dividing market share, especially if the participating labels are not owned by the same company. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2021 Just remember, everything in expansion is negotiable. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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21 Nov 2021

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“Negotiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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
: 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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