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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Indies; they are divided into two sorts; one called merchantable, and the other Jamaica fish.
Express warranty guarantees the buyer gets what he paid for: The box contains what its packaging says it contains or what the salesman said it contained; and implied warranty guarantees the buyer the product is "merchantable": It meets all industry standards and will do what other products of its type do.
"merchantable," that is, salable, timber according to present standards.
The court found that the drug was "not reasonably fit" for relieving arthritis pain and "not of merchantable quality" as it approximately doubled the risk of heart attack in patients.
Well I'd really prefer a refund, plus ... time to bring on that old chestnut ... the goods are not of merchantable quality.
If you count rings, 60-80 years was usually enough to get a trunk to a merchantable 6-8 size.
Then the giant will lean, groan, and crash to earth: the last merchantable tree of the last merchantable forty of the last virgin hardwood forest of any size in the Lake States.
Private land owners along the periphery perhaps make illegitimate use of timber resources within the reserve: having felled all merchantable timber on their own land, they continue to request permits for timber.
In 1702, when New Jersey became a crown colony, Governor Edward Cornbury was dispatched from London with instructions to keep the settlers provided with "a constant and sufficient supply of merchantable Negroes at moderate prices."
General Laws c. 106, § 2-314 (2) (c), provides: "Goods to be merchantable must at least be such as ... are fit for the ordinary purposes for which such goods are used."