Definition of merchantable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmərCHən(t)əb(ə)l/


Suitable for purchase or sale; marketable: goods must be of merchantable quality
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  • Under the Sale of Goods & Supply of Services Act, 1980 you are entitled to expect that the car is of merchantable quality, that is, it should be fit for its purpose and as described.
  • If you buy or receive something you don't want, the law says that you can claim a refund only if the goods are faulty (‘not of merchantable quality’).
  • Under the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, each contract would imply that the goods supplied be of merchantable quality and that the supplier have the necessary skill to provide the service.


Late 15th century: from the verb merchant 'haggle, trade as a merchant', from Old French marchander, from marchand 'merchant'.

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Syllabification: mer·chant·a·ble

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