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 The club encourages residents to drop off bags of returnable bottles and cans, in a small shed near the auto shop, behind Simsbury High School, at 34 Farms Village Road., 2 Apr. 2021 The bill focuses on producer responsibility to shift to refillable, returnable containers to reduce plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Marci Robin, Allure, 4 Apr. 2021 Gaffer said the returnable containers may also foster customer loyalty to a restaurant. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 The committee explained that Nobel prizes are not returnable. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 22 Mar. 2021 Myers Industries makes returnable packaging, storage and safety products and specialty molding. cleveland, 12 Nov. 2020 Vernon Boy Scout Troop 2020 is hosting a returnable can and bottle collection day the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon., 5 Nov. 2020 Bigsby has returned 13 of the returnable kickoffs this season, averaging 23.5 yards per return, while Shaun Shivers and Ladarius Tennison have each returned one. Giana Han, al, 6 Nov. 2020 Put the returnable cans and bottles outside by 9 a.m., 5 Nov. 2020 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

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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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“Returnable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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