renewable

adjective
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 viability of a renewable energy future relies on the ready supply of REEs, or rare-earth elements. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "We've Found a New Source for Rare-Earth Elements We Need for Green Tech," 7 Mar. 2019 That said, the meme that undoubtedly inspired the most renewable joy in my blackened, shriveled heart this year is the tiny Pomeranian dancing to the Ducktales theme song while getting a haircut. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Bamboo is a soft, breathable fiber made from renewable bamboo grass. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 State policymakers have instituted a host of measures to promote the renewable energy sector. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 The lack of an RPS doesn’t necessarily mean that a state is hostile to renewable energy. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Other major business deals on renewable energy and the food industry were signed Monday, in addition to bilateral agreements. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi sees honors, Airbus deal in state visit to France," 26 Mar. 2019 The producer’s move follows concern from some investors over membership of groups that have criticized the Paris climate accord and rejected targets to increase use of renewable energy sources. Perry Williams, Bloomberg.com, "Top Miner BHP Quits World Coal Association Over Climate Clash," 5 Apr. 2018 In 2015, California set a goal of deriving 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Drew Anthony Smith, Smithsonian, "Is a Texas Town the Future of Renewable Energy?," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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adjective

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

renewable

adjective
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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