non·​flam·​ma·​ble ˌnän-ˈfla-mə-bəl How to pronounce nonflammable (audio)
: not flammable
specifically : not easily ignited and not burning rapidly if ignited
nonflammability noun

Examples of nonflammable in a Sentence

children's pajamas made of nonflammable fabric
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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonflammable was in 1898

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“Nonflammable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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non·​flam·​ma·​ble -ˈflam-ə-bəl How to pronounce nonflammable (audio)
: not flammable
also : not easily ignited and not burning rapidly if ignited
nonflammability noun

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