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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The Green New Deal would, among other things, put massive federal funding into renewable energy to fight climate change and create jobs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Green New Deal popularity among Democrats alters San Diego’s political landscape," 21 June 2019 Sydney has collaborated with owners of commercial buildings to reduce emissions, replaced streetlights with LEDs, and committed to purchase only renewable energy by 2020. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Sydney to Declare a Climate Emergency in Face of National Inaction," 21 June 2019 The German airlines group wants to start using synthetic kerosene produced with renewable energy in coming years and recently began paying a small fee to compensate the carbon emissions caused by staff travel. Washington Post, "Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some," 20 June 2019 Lawmakers were unable to agree on a bond package to invest in renewable energy, infrastructure, broadband expansion, and workforce training, though the Legislature could still act before August to get bonds on the ballot. Marina Villeneuve,, "Maine Legislature pulls all-nighter and passes recreational marijuana sales rules," 20 June 2019 By Millicent Dent and Christopher Martin | Bloomberg News Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Report: Half the world’s power will come from renewables by 2050," 18 June 2019 Senjem authored a bill this year that would’ve required electrical companies to prioritize renewable energy. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "Tim Walz, fellow Democrats pledge to pass clean energy bill next year," 14 June 2019 But others say such estimates are inflated as miners increasingly flock to sources of cheap renewable energy, like hydropower. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.," 12 June 2019 Trump said of Biden during a speech on renewable energy in Council Bluffs. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "As Trump likens Biden to 'Crooked Hillary,' Biden says Trump era 'has got to end'," 12 June 2019

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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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