[ ri-noo, -nyoo ]
/ rɪˈnu, -ˈnyu /


able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.


something that is renewable.

Nearby words

  1. renegado,
  2. renege,
  3. renegotiable-rate mortgage,
  4. renegotiate,
  5. renew,
  6. renewable energy,
  7. renewable resource,
  8. renewables,
  9. renewal,
  10. renfrew

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for renewable



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for 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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