non·​flam·​ma·​ble | \ ˌnän-ˈfla-mə-bəl How to pronounce nonflammable (audio) \

Definition of nonflammable

: not flammable specifically : not easily ignited and not burning rapidly if ignited

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nonflammability \ ˌnän-​ˌfla-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nonflammable (audio) \ noun

Examples of nonflammable in a Sentence

children's pajamas made of nonflammable fabric
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First Known Use of nonflammable

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonflammable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonflammable

: not burning or not burning easily : not easily set on fire


non·​flam·​ma·​ble | \ ˈnän-ˈfla-mə-bəl How to pronounce nonflammable (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonflammable

: not easily set on fire nonflammable fabric

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