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
During that term he was to be the property of his master, and as much a
  commodity of bargain and sale as an ox, or a joint-stool.
Presently the box was returned to her, shut and filled with the precious
  commodity.
The real price of this commodity, therefore, naturally rises in the progress of
  improvement.
The labour of the menial servant, on the contrary, does not fix or realize
  itself in any particular subject or vendible commodity.
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