plural noun
du·​ra·​bles | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəlz How to pronounce durables (audio) also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durables

: consumer goods (such as vehicles and household appliances) that are typically used repeatedly over a period of years

called also durable goods

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Recent Examples on the Web Supported by the growing online sales volume, consumer durables and apparel is another sector set to bounce back from its pandemic slump, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Lukas Strobl, Bloomberg.com, "Here’s What to Expect in Europe’s Third-Quarter Earnings Season," 18 Oct. 2020 Thus, the technology and consumer durables sectors might experience a healthy rebound, while the banking and automotive industries would crash and burn. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "‘R’ Is for Recovery, But What Kind?," 8 Oct. 2020 As per some estimates, around 40% of all apparel, consumer durables, and electronics sales in the country happen during this period. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s online shoppers will nearly double this Diwali versus 2019," 18 Sep. 2020

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Durables.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durables. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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noun plural
du·​ra·​bles | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəlz, ˈdyu̇r- How to pronounce durables (audio) \

Legal Definition of durables

: consumer goods (as vehicles or appliances) that are typically used repeatedly over a period of years

called also durable goods

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