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[non-ri-tur-nuh-buh l]
  1. not returnable.
  2. (of an empty bottle or container) not returnable to a vendor for refund of a deposit.
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  1. something that is not eligible or acceptable for return.
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Origin of nonreturnable

First recorded in 1900–05; non- + returnable
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Examples from the Web for non-returnable

Historical Examples

  • Non-returnable boxes to contain half a bushel or a bushel are now in use, but such boxes are too large for the better fruits.

    The Book of Pears and Plums

    Edward Bartrum

British Dictionary definitions for non-returnable


  1. denoting a container, esp a bottle, on which no returnable deposit is paid on purchase of the contents
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Word Origin and History for non-returnable


1903, from non- + returnable.

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