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 renewable (audio) , -​ˌnyü-​ \ noun
renewable noun
renewably \ ri-​ˈnü-​ə-​blē How to pronounce renewable (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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Recent Examples on the Web Dorsheimer compared Tesla’s potential in the renewable energy industry to how Apple has dominated consumer tech, and said Tesla could expand its already strong brand for electric vehicles into solar energy and the broader energy storage market. Hank Tucker, Forbes, "Elon Musk And Bernard Arnault Each Gain $13 Billion In One Week As Stock Markets Hit Record Highs," 17 Apr. 2021 State officials also announced that all new biomass plants would have to become more efficient to qualify for those incentives, known as renewable energy credits., "State bans wood-burning power plants near “environmental justice” communities from qualifying for state incentives," 16 Apr. 2021 Swan did reach the South Pole on renewable biofuel, but the South Pole is under increasing attack from Shell’s main products. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "No More Halfsies on Climate," 14 Apr. 2021 Since its founding in 2014, Chispa Arizona set an ambitious agenda: advocating for clean and renewable energy at state and local levels, campaigning for funding for public land and working to expand voting rights. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "'These are places for us as well': Empowering more Arizonans to claim their spot outdoors," 14 Apr. 2021 However, some members of the renewable energy industry still aren’t happy. Morgan O'hanlon, Dallas News, "Texas Senate advances winter storm bill to overhaul ERCOT board," 14 Apr. 2021 Plus, Houdini’s intentional manufacturing—all of its fabrics are now recycled, recyclable, renewable, biodegradable or Bluesign certified—might help take the edge off the very high price tag. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 12 Apr. 2021 Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration on Friday unveiled a plan to combat climate change by transitioning Cleveland to 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland sets goal of transforming to 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050," 9 Apr. 2021 The report also offered more details on the administration’s plans to replace tax subsidies for fossil-fuel companies with new incentives for renewable energy investments. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Biden Softens Tax Proposal Aimed at Profitable Companies That Pay Little," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Renewable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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