[ ri-tur-nuh-buh l ]
/ rɪˈtɜr nə bəl /


that may be returned: returnable merchandise.
requiring a return, as a writ to the court from which it is issued.


a beverage bottle or can that can be returned when empty for refund of a deposit.

Origin of returnable

1375–1425; 1960–65 for def 3; late Middle English retournable. See return, -able

Related forms

re·turn·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·re·turn·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for returnable


/ (rɪˈtɜːnəbəl) /


able to be taken, given, or sent back
required to be returned by law, as a claim to the court from which it issued

Derived Forms

returnability, noun
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