re·​turn·​able | \ ri-ˈtər-nə-bəl How to pronounce returnable (audio) \

Definition of returnable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : legally required to be returned, delivered, or argued at a specified time or place a writ returnable on the date indicated
2a : capable of returning or of being returned (as for reuse) returnable beer bottles
b : permitted to be returned sale items are not returnable



Definition of returnable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something designed to be returned (as for recycling) especially : a returnable beverage container

Examples of returnable in a Sentence


Sale items are not returnable.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All of the sales are final (non-returnable), and much of the site’s inventory is already sold out. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Google Nest Hub is $61 today, less than half of its original price," 24 June 2019 Go try on a few pairs, or make sure your purchases are returnable. David Pierce, WSJ, "Why You Need Better Headphones—and Which Ones You Should Buy," 9 Dec. 2018 There’s no support available, and the product is non-returnable. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere," 9 Oct. 2018 Now the company is also planning to cut carbon dioxide emissions across the chain by 25% and to make all of its packaging out of returnable or recycled content. Emily Price, Fortune, "Anheuser-Busch Plans to Make Its Entire Beverage Line 'Green'," 17 Apr. 2018 There will be no kickoffs in the game and punts will not be returnable. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Strong scrimmages have Danny Clark narrowing gap in Kentucky football QB competition," 12 Apr. 2018 Other concerns included climate change, potential loss of key personnel, and the cost of being forced to move to returnable bottles in Canada. Emily Price, Fortune, "Molson Coors Names Marijuana a 'Risk Factor' in Recent Financial Report," 15 Feb. 2018 If a store clerk promises to take back an item that's not normally returnable, get it in writing. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "New Year's resolutions for you: Stop answering your phone, get fraud alerts, guard your privacy: Money Matters," 31 Dec. 2017 Gift cards and electronic downloads are not returnable, with the exception of e-books on Kindle, which can be returned within a week. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "All the Gift Return Policies You Need to Know Now That the Holidays Are Over," 26 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's talk of raising the state sales tax, increasing deposit fees on returnables, and legalizing marijuana. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "State Reps. Hold Town Forum," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of returnable


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of returnable

: allowed to be exchanged for a small amount of money at a place that collects empty bottles and cans so that they can be used again
: allowed to be returned

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