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adjective du·ra·ble \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of durable

  1. :  able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase; also :  designed to be durable durable goods

durability

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durableness

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durably

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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

Origin and Etymology of durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

Synonym Discussion of durable

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government


DURABLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of durable for English Language Learners

  • : staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time


DURABLE Defined for Kids

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adjective du·ra·ble \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl, ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of durable for Students

  1. :  able to last a long time durable furniture


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