re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl How to pronounce renewable (audio) , -ˈnyü-\

Definition of renewable

1 : capable of being renewed renewable contracts
2 : capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices renewable resources

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Other Words from renewable

renewability \ ri-​ˌnü-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce renewability (audio) , -​ˌnyü-​ \ noun
renewable noun
renewably \ ri-​ˈnü-​ə-​blē How to pronounce renewably (audio) , -​ˈnyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of renewable in a Sentence

a renewable life insurance policy Forests are renewable natural resources, but they must be treated with care. Wind and water are renewable fuel sources.
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Trump has not prioritized renewable energy during his time in office. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "President Trump Claimed Wind Turbines Cause Cancer and Attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal," 3 Apr. 2019 Bioré also makes the cloths from 100 percent renewable resources, which has to be part of why Meghan, an avowed environmentalist, loves them. Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Once Gushed About Buying Bioré Cleansing Cloths in Bulk," 30 Mar. 2019 The extreme linearity of the textile industry means that large amounts of non-renewable resources are used to produce clothes that are most often incinerated or turned into landfill. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Climate Change Protests Disrupt London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2019 And the farms weren't especially sustainable, with only about 10 percent of all the inputs coming from renewable resources. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The combination of renewable resources and batteries is not the first in the state. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas’ largest solar farm will soon get a big battery," 26 June 2018 The combination of renewable resources and batteries is not the first in the state. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Largest solar farm in Texas getting battery system," 19 June 2018 True, the technologies used to produce electricity from renewable resources, and the rare earths and minerals that some, including solar panels and wind turbines, rely on, could be subject to protectionism and trade wars. The Economist, "Welcome an electric world. Worry about the transition," 15 Mar. 2018 In both futures there is the possibility that rival nations could cut off access to vital renewable energy resources, just as major oil and gas producers have done in the past. Andrew Barron, Smithsonian, "The Countries Poised To Become “Renewable Superpowers”," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of renewable

: able to be extended for another time period : able to be renewed
: restored or replaced by natural processes : able to be replaced by nature


re·​new·​able | \ ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl How to pronounce renewable (audio) , -ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of renewable

: capable of being replaced by natural processes Forests are a renewable resource.

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