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[ri-noo, -nyoo]
  1. able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.
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  1. something that is renewable.
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Origin of renewable

First recorded in 1720–30; renew + -able
Related formsre·new·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·new·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·new·a·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The bill of exchange may have an unlimited time to run, and its renewability is nowhere guarded against.

    A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler

    Compiled by James D. Richardson

Word Origin and History for renewability



1727, from renew + -able. In reference to energy sources, attested by 1971.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

renewability in Science


  1. 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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