Definition of negotiable in US English:

negotiable

adjective

  • 1Open to discussion or modification.

    ‘the price was not negotiable’
    • ‘If you have money here, everything is negotiable.’
    • ‘It's not negotiable, it's not open to question, and it never changes.’
    • ‘As compensation we gave ourselves the treat of a delightfully decadent hydrangea, blowsy, and of that precise shade of acid pink that speaks of the back parlours occupied by ladies of negotiable affection.’
    • ‘And my husband refers to prostitutes as ‘women of negotiable virtue’.’
    • ‘Neither he nor the prime minister had advance warning of Peter Mandelson's carefully worded pro-Brussels speech on Monday, which suggested that Britain's rebate might be negotiable.’
    • ‘In the Evening Standard classifieds I find a two-bedroom flat in Kensington W8 for £220 per week negotiable, cheaper than Edinburgh's New Town.’
    • ‘The fact that real estate fees are negotiable was discussed several times in the columns.’
    • ‘And these are things that are negotiable in the early stages.’
    • ‘The concept of ‘unbounded person’ assumes that the boundary between one person and others is not fixed and definite, but flexible and negotiable.’
    • ‘The original of this recipe may be found in just about any Italian cookbook along with the story that it originated in the cafés of Naples where it was much favoured by ladies of negotiable affection working the night shift.’
    • ‘This tendency to make all established rights negotiable is being enhanced by the current administration's modifications to the Labour Code.’
    • ‘‘Prices’ are negotiable and certain jobs and services can be paid for partly with Lets credits and partly with cash.’
    • ‘In the case of Belgium, the discount is negotiable between the investor and the Belgian government, according to the agreed scheme.’
    • ‘The details are negotiable; they always are among diplomats.’
    • ‘Dairygold boss Jerry Henchy told the LRC on Monday the 500 job cuts were not negotiable and he would impose redundancies by December 17 in order to meet the jobs target.’
    • ‘Everything else might be negotiable - this is not.’
    • ‘He said flexibility was built into the new proposals, but this flexibility was conditional on maintaining an acceptable overall level of food safety, which was not negotiable.’
    • ‘Are there some principles upon which it is worth making a stand - or is everything negotiable and flexible in this post-modern world?’
    • ‘But for some, all of those freedoms are negotiable.’
    • ‘Now I need to ask you this, K: you have spent many a year in the Metropolitan Police, and your submission repeatedly makes it clear that you support and are adamant about integrity not being negotiable.’
    open to discussion, subject to discussion, flexible, open to modification, discussable
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    1. 1.1 (of a document) able to be transferred or assigned to the legal ownership of another person.
      • ‘The negotiable document setting down the terms of credit is the so-called bill of exchange.’
      • ‘Financial investment portfolio will hold easily negotiable assets assigned to the fiscal sustainability account and the heritage account.’
      • ‘Even a bill of lading which is not made negotiable operates as a document of title, because the consignee named therein can only claim delivery of the goods from the shipowner if able to produce the bill of lading.’
      transferable, usable as legal tender
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    2. 1.2 (of an obstacle or pathway) able to be traversed; passable.
      ‘such walkways must be accessible and negotiable for all users’
      • ‘Participants will follow a negotiable route along Markievicz Road, Stephen Street and The Mall, until the starting point, on Ash Lane, is reached.’
      • ‘Children make their way to school alone, safe in their own locality where shopowners greet them by name and danger from traffic is minimal as few streets are negotiable by cars.’
      • ‘But I must navigate what is negotiable and what is not, and do my best to constantly re-check my alignments and priorities.’
      • ‘The Climber easily scales many smooth and uneven vertical surfaces - wall board, plaster, brick, cinder block, and siding are negotiable for this versatile robot.’
      • ‘The Nobel Committee itself recognised this in its citation, proclaiming ‘that the only negotiable route to global peace and co-operation goes by way of the U.N’.’
      • ‘What this means is that you have a succession of bits of floor that go up, in easily negotiable ascents in one direction, and down, in easily negotiable descents, in the other direction.’
      • ‘Slip down here, keeping right near the bottom and follow the rift along for a few metres until you see a negotiable route back up the rift over flowstone.’
      • ‘Slower vehicles, less negotiable routes and higher monetary costs lead to fewer journeys and shorter distances - and thus less traffic.’
      passable, navigable, crossable, traversable
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Pronunciation

negotiable

/nəˈɡōSH(ē)əb(ə)l//nəˈɡoʊʃ(i)əb(ə)l/