commodity

[kuh-mod-i-tee]
noun, plural commodities.
1.
an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
2.
something of use, advantage, or value.
3.
Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
4.
Obsolete. a quantity of goods.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English commodite < Anglo-French < Latin commoditās timeliness, convenience, equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity

noncommodity, adjective, noun, plural noncommodities.
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commodity (kəˈmɒdɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  an article of commerce
2.  something of use, advantage, or profit
3.  economics an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
4.  obsolete
 a.  a quantity of goods
 b.  convenience or expediency
 
[C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious]

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commodity
1410, from M.Fr. commodité "benefit, profit," from L. commoditatem (nom. commoditas) "fitness, adaptation," from commodus (see commode).
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Cultural Dictionary

commodity definition


Any product manufactured or grown.

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Example sentences
Works of art in college and university museums were never meant to be
  commodities.
In a world of exciting new technologies, stodgy commodities seem old hat.
Send commodities chugging across the continent by clicking the designated
  destination on the map.
Flat outdoor areas for sitting, entertaining, and relaxing become precious
  commodities.
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