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renewable

[ ri-noo, -nyoo ]
/ rɪˈnu, -ˈnyu /
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adjective
able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.
noun
something that is renewable.
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Origin of renewable

First recorded in 1720–30; renew + -able

OTHER WORDS FROM renewable

re·new·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·new·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·new·a·ble, adjective
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Scientific definitions for renewable

renewable
[ rĭ-nōōə-bəl ]

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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