nonretractile

adjective
non·​re·​trac·​tile | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈtrak-tᵊl How to pronounce nonretractile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of nonretractile

: not capable of being drawn back or in : not retractile nonretractile claws

First Known Use of nonretractile

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonretractile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonretractile. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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