degradable

adjective
de·​grad·​able | \ di-ˈgrā-də-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio) , dē-\

Definition of degradable

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents — compare biodegradable

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from degradable

degradability \ -​ˌgrā-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce degradability (audio) \ noun

Examples of degradable in a Sentence

plastic that is not degradable

Recent Examples on the Web

Aardvark's straws use only FDA-compliant and food-grade materials, and are marine degradable and compostable. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 To speed cheaper lighting, decay-resistant produce, degradable plastics, and other products to market, DuPont is installing better tools and lab automation. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "DuPont spends $200M+ to create its future in historic Experimental Station," 18 June 2018 The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 The ultimate goal: Prevent non-degradable plastic straws from polluting our beaches, waterways and oceans. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NBC News' source for a fishy statistic about plastic straws is research by a 9-year-old boy," 22 Apr. 2018 The report found that 70% of marine litter is non-degradable plastic which is projected to increase threefold between 2015 and 2025. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade," 21 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'degradable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of degradable

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about degradable

Statistics for degradable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for degradable

The first known use of degradable was circa 1962

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for degradable

degradable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of degradable

technical : capable of being slowly broken down into simple parts

degradable

adjective
de·​grad·​able | \ di-ˈgrād-ə-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio) \

Medical Definition of degradable

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents

Other Words from degradable

degradability \ -​ˌgrād-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce degradability (audio) \ noun, plural -ties

More from Merriam-Webster on degradable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with degradable

Comments on degradable

What made you want to look up degradable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!