Definition of merchantable in English:



  • Suitable for purchase or sale; marketable.

    ‘goods must be of merchantable quality’
    • ‘This in turn caused me to analyze the basic requirements for the Church lands if they were to be made merchantable as a potential development area.’
    • ‘If you buy or receive something you don't want, the law says that you can claim a refund only if the goods are faulty (‘not of merchantable quality’).’
    • ‘That the materials used in the provision of the service will be of merchantable quality.’
    • ‘Because of the slow pace and small scale of most of those lumber operations, loggers often selected only the most merchantable trees, leaving the rest for future harvests.’
    • ‘He had supplied 80 tons of soap powder which was not of merchantable quality.’
    • ‘This means businesses have to replace a product or refund your money if that product is not of merchantable quality, or fit for any purpose that you've made known to the supplier.’
    • ‘In relation to sales by description however, there was an implied condition that the goods should reach a standard of merchantable quality.’
    • ‘The state of the packing affected the merchantable quality of the goods.’
    • ‘We have merchantable skills and marketable careers that are highly transportable.’
    • ‘When you buy a product it should be of merchantable quality, fit for its purpose and as described.’
    • ‘Growing merchantable trees in that section of Idaho is no easy proposition.’
    • ‘Most of the standing and merchantable timber in Oldham was found on the private holdings as opposed to the common lands, which were largely moorland.’
    • ‘Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, the goods sold must be of merchantable quality and fit for the purpose for which they are sold.’
    • ‘It is clear that the vehicle always was of merchantable quality and fit for its intended purpose.’
    • ‘In fact, the Forest Service created Smokey Bear to protect forests, water supply and merchantable trees like ponderosa pine.’
    • ‘Under the Sale of Goods & Supply of Services Act, 1980 you are entitled to expect that the car is of merchantable quality, that is, it should be fit for its purpose and as described.’
    • ‘He had by then issued proceedings alleging repudiatory breach of an implied term of merchantable quality and claiming damages.’
    • ‘Under the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, each contract would imply that the goods supplied be of merchantable quality and that the supplier have the necessary skill to provide the service.’
    • ‘The primary judge and the Full Court of the Federal Court made concurrent findings that the goods were not of merchantable quality and were not reasonably fit for the purpose for which they were intended.’
    • ‘The price of admission is a merchantable product.’
    saleable, sellable, marketable, merchandisable
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Late 15th century: from the obsolete verb merchant ‘haggle, trade as a merchant’, from Old French marchander, from marchand ‘merchant’.