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[ni-goh-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l] /nɪˈgoʊ ʃi ə bəl, -ʃə bəl/
capable of being negotiated:
a negotiable salary demand.
(of bills, securities, etc.) transferable by delivery, with or without endorsement, according to the circumstances, the title passing to the transferee.
negotiables, negotiable bonds, stocks, etc.
Origin of negotiable
1750-60; negoti(ate) + -able
Related forms
negotiability, noun
nonnegotiability, noun
nonnegotiable, adjective
unnegotiable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for negotiable
  • And if salary is not negotiable than make sure to look for other perks.
  • All things under the wold are negotiable if excellent diplomacy is used.
  • Most of them rent for a minimum of one week during summer months, but become negotiable the rest of the year.
  • If asked for a desired salary, indicate that it's negotiable.
  • Salary, rank, and tenure status are negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.
  • Lab space, salary, and start-up funds are negotiable.
  • The starting date for the successful candidate is negotiable.
  • Starting date is negotiable following completion of search.
  • The probationary period for tenure may be negotiable.
  • Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
British Dictionary definitions for negotiable


able to be negotiated
(of a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc) legally transferable in title from one party to another
Derived Forms
negotiability, noun
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Word Origin and History for negotiable

1749, from negotiate + -able, or from French négociable (17c.). Related: Negotiably; negotiability.

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