non·​du·​ra·​ble | \ ˌnän-ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce nondurable (audio) 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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Other Words from nondurable

nondurability \ ˌnän-​ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nondurable (audio) , -​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 In order to maintain this recovery, durable and nondurable goods manufacturers must take decisive action in remediating global supply chain issues and ramping up hiring to meet increasing demand. Kristen Fowler, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The rate of openings was highest in the leisure and hospitality industries, nondurable goods manufacturing and professional and business services. CBS News, 11 May 2021 About 40% of the money went toward purchases supporting industries such as food, beauty and other nondurable consumer products that had already seen spikes in spending before the checks went out. Kenneth Mitchell, The Conversation, 8 Mar. 2021 Spending on services dropped 43.5%, while spending on nondurable goods like groceries, toiletries and clothing fell by 15.9%. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2020 Expenditure in services declined by 12 percent and in durable/nondurable goods by 15 percent in April and May, according to the BERB. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 5 June 2020 The increase in recent activity was across both durable and nondurable goods factories, despite nearly half of firms reporting some negative effect from the coronavirus spread. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 6 Mar. 2020 The top-performing sectors of Connecticut’s economy were retail and nondurable manufacturing, which includes consumer goods such as cosmetics, cleaning products, food and office supplies. Stephen Singer,, 25 July 2019 The largest factor in Connecticut’s most recent personal income data was a nearly half-percent drop in earnings related to nondurable manufacturing of goods. Stephen Singer,, 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of nondurable

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Nondurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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