non·​du·​ra·​ble | \ˌnän-ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also -ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of nondurable 

: able to exist for only a short time before deteriorating : not durable nondurable products such as food, wine and personal care items.— Suzanne S. Brown

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from nondurable

nondurability \ ˌnän-​ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌdyu̇r-​ \ noun
Scarves and some ornaments of clothing, such as flowers or lace, are often fragile and cannot be worn long. These things are purchased with their relative nondurability in mind. — Cleo Fitzsimmons

Examples of nondurable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Orders for nondurable goods, items not expected to last three years, rose 0.8% last month, up from a 0.4% increase in August. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "Economic indicator: U.S. factory orders up 1.4% in September," 3 Nov. 2017

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

First Known Use of nondurable

1858, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nondurable

Share nondurable

Statistics for nondurable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nondurable

The first known use of nondurable was in 1858

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on nondurable

See words that rhyme with nondurable

Comments on nondurable

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


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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