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

Examples of durables in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That forced the group to sell off stakes in some core assets such as consumer durables business Eureka Forbes and renewable energy outfit Sterling Wilson Renewable Energy. Anu Raghunathan, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Thus, expect spending on consumer durables to taper down gradually but not severely. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 9 June 2022 That seems logical, but supply constraints limited purchases of cars, boats, bicycles, appliances and most other types of durables. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Despite higher prices, consumers still bought many more durables in June 2021, when nationwide deaths with Covid averaged 300 a day and falling, than in December 2020, when the death count was 3,000 a day and rising. Jason Furman, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 As consumption shifted to goods, Mr. Levy says, the initial burst was in durables. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, inflation has spread well beyond durables to a wider range of goods and services. Greg Ip, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 This has led analysts to make statements to the effect that core inflation would have been 2 points lower if consumer durables hadn’t gone up in price. Jason Furman, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 This is especially true for consumer debt relative to consumer durables, including cars. Christian Weller, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of durables

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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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