[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. return the compliment,
  2. return ticket,
  3. return to the fold,
  4. return-cocked,
  5. return-flue boiler,
  6. returned man,
  7. returned soldier,
  8. returnee,
  9. returner,
  10. returning officer

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 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 Formsreturnability, noun

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Word Origin and History for returnable



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

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