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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suitable for buying and selling; marketable.

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  • adj. Fit for market; such as is usually sold in market, or such as will bring the ordinary price; as, merchantable wheat; sometimes, a technical designation for a particular kind or class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fit for market; such as is usually sold in market, or such as will bring the ordinary price; ; sometimes, a technical designation for a particular kind or class.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Suitable for trade or sale; salable.
  • Specifically, inferior to the best or “selected” quality, but sufficiently good for ordinary purposes: as, merchantable wheat or timber.—
  • The highest of the three grades into which codfish that have been salted, washed, and dried are sorted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fit to be offered for sale

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