degradable

adjective
de·grad·able | \di-ˈgrā-də-bəl, dē-\

Definition of degradable 

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents — compare biodegradable

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degradability \-ˌgrā-də-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

Examples of degradable in a Sentence

plastic that is not degradable

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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

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First Known Use of degradable

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of degradable was circa 1962

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degradable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of degradable

: capable of being slowly broken down into simple parts

degradable

adjective
de·grad·able | \di-ˈgrād-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of degradable 

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents

Other Words from degradable

degradability \-ˌgrād-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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