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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nondurability \ ˌnän-​ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nondurability (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 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, "Civil unrest could stymie May’s gains in Floridians’ consumer confidence," 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, "The Federal Reserve mentioned “coronavirus” 48 times in its economic survey," 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,, "US: Connecticut’s economy grew faster at start of 2019, but ranked No. 45 among the states," 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,, "US: Personal income growth picked up in Connecticut at start of 2019, but state ranks No. 48," 25 June 2019 Retail jobs fell by 7,600 for a fourth-straight drop while transportation and warehousing and nondurable goods also slipped., "Job and wage growth slows as trade war weighs on economy," 7 June 2019 Purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing edged up 0.3 percent following a 2.2 percent fall in December. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "US consumer spending edges up weak 0.1 percent in January," 29 Mar. 2019 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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“Nondurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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