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nonrenewable

/ (ˌnɒnrɪˈnjuːəbəl) /
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adjective
not able to be restored, replaced, recommenced, etcnonrenewable resources
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Scientific definitions for nonrenewable

nonrenewable
[ nŏn′rĭ-nōōə-bəl ]

Relating to a natural resource, such as petroleum or a mineral ore, that cannot be replaced once it has been extracted or procured. Nonrenewable resources that are not significantly altered by their use, including most metals, can often be recovered and their usefulness extended by recycling. Compare renewable.
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