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

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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

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Growth in longer-lasting durable goods output was offset by declines in nondurable production, with most major categories, such as food and petroleum, posting declines in November. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Cold Weather Masks Weakening Factory Production," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nondurable

1858, in the meaning defined above

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