non·​du·​ra·​ble ˌnän-ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce nondurable (audio)
 also  -ˈdyu̇r-
: 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
nondurability 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 Real spending in this area jumped at a remarkable 7.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter, far surpassing a little over 3 percent real growth in spending on nondurable goods and services. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Some of the biggest increases in postings were in professional and business services, finance, other services and nondurable goods manufacturing, according to the report. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 The nondurable goods industry also saw a pullback in hiring, which was likely due to weaker consumer demand for clothes and household products, Buber added. Bryan Mena, CNN, 7 Apr. 2023 For nondurable goods, the subcategories consist of food and beverages purchased for off-premises consumption, clothing and footwear, gasoline and other energy goods, and other nondurables. Norbert Michel, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 But employment shrank in construction, manufacturing, and nondurable goods. Bryan Mena, CNN, 7 Apr. 2023 Manufacturing output was dragged by both durable and nondurable goods, including motor vehicles and parts and plastics and rubber products. Augusta Saraiva, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2022 The nondurable goods industry — which includes companies producing soft drinks, snack foods and even paper products — saw an increase in workers quitting their jobs in December even as quit rates in other industries fell, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dallas News, 10 Feb. 2022 Some of the largest decreases in vacancies were in state and local government, excluding education; nondurable goods manufacturing and federal government. Reade Pickert, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nondurable was in 1858

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“Nondurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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