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[ri-tur-nuh-buh l]
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  1. that may be returned: returnable merchandise.
  2. requiring a return, as a writ to the court from which it is issued.
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  1. a beverage bottle or can that can be returned when empty for refund of a deposit.
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Origin of returnable

1375–1425; 1960–65 for def 3; late Middle English retournable. See return, -able
Related formsre·turn·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·re·turn·a·ble, adjective
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  1. able to be taken, given, or sent back
  2. required to be returned by law, as a claim to the court from which it issued
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Derived Formsreturnability, noun
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Word Origin and History for returnable


early 15c., from return (v.) + -able.

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