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

Adjective Sale items are not returnable.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the survey also found nearly 50% of Americans had a positive impression of returnable container programs. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Separate any returnable bottles and cans in a separate bag. Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 Here is what's included on the list of returnable items: office drawer cabinets, sideboards, bookcases, small tables, multimedia furniture, cabinets, dining tables, desks and chairs and stools without upholstery. Parija Bhatnagar, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Glass bottles are returnable and have a $3 deposit. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2022 Beginning Monday, Oregonians can donate the money from returnable cans and bottles directly to relief efforts in Ukraine. oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 Before the deposit on returnable cans and bottles in Connecticut doubles to 10 cents and the types of redeemable containers expands, the state is offering grants to foster more redemption centers in cities and other underserved areas. Jesse Leavenworth,, 11 Dec. 2021 The novel will become a 10-part returnable series, which Boyne will adapt for screen. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Dec. 2021 TreVeyon Henderson did not receive much chance to exhibit his kick return skills in the season opener against Minnesota, fielding only one returnable kick. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 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, 11 July 2017 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Returnable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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