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Negotiable instrument

An unconditional order or promise to pay some amount of money, easily transferable from one party to another.
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A security that may be bought or sold. Generally, a negotiable security is traded on the secondary market, but the initial sale takes place on the primary market. Negotiable securities may be low-risk, such a Treasury bonds, or high-risk, such as stocks. They are also known as marketable securities. See also: Nonmarketable security.
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negotiable instrument

A document signed by the maker or drawer,containing an unconditional promise to pay a certain sum of money on demand or at a definite time to the bearer or to order but without any other promise,order,obligation,or power.(See the Uniform Commercial Code,Article 3.)

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(21) In 1985, in an age where people began to conduct fewer face-to-face transactions, the ALI and NCCUSL responded to the need to modernize Article 3's governance of negotiable instruments by considering broad changes to Article 3.
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