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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The largest decreases in open jobs were in professional and business services (325,000), durable goods manufacturing (138,000) and nondurable goods manufacturing (70,000), according to the report. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Households spent less on services and durable goods, while consumption of nondurable goods, such as food, increased. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 18 May 2022 An increase in nondurable goods was led by gas and other energy products, the agency said. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 9 May 2022 Since around 1995, durable goods like cars and equipment have tamped down inflation, and prices for nondurable goods like clothing and toys have often grown only slowly. New York Times, 3 May 2022 The report also showed smaller increases in information services, nondurable goods manufacturing and education (state and local), which collectively totaled just over 100,000. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022 The durable goods component of the CPI, for example, rose 16.8% in 2021, while the nondurable goods component increased 10.2%. Calvin Schnure, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 There were also large declines in job openings in that sector, as well as the construction and nondurable goods manufacturing industries. NBC News, 4 Jan. 2022 Vacancies dropped in accommodation and food services, construction and nondurable goods manufacturing. Olivia Rockeman,, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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