- able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.
- something that is renewable.
Origin of renewable
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Contemporary Examples of non-renewable
Each justice could be given, for instance, a non-renewable 15-year term of service.Justice Stevens Should Quit Now
April 5, 2010
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to a natural resource, such as solar energy, water, or wood, that is never used up or that can be replaced by new growth. Resources that are dependent on regrowth can sometimes be depleted beyond the point of renewability, as when the deforestation of land leads to desertification or when a commercially valuable species is harvested to extinction. Pollution can also make a renewable resource such as water unusable in a particular location. Compare nonrenewable.
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