re·turn·able | \ri-ˈtər-nə-bəl \

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

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 Each team has up to three touches to bounce the ball against the net in a way that is un-returnable by the opponent. Cathy Cunningham,, "Help Squad: Ideas for gadgets to buy with that post-holiday cash," 20 Dec. 2017 The Tide's had just 10 returnable kickoffs including that onside try. Michael Casagrande,, "8 things we think Alabama can fix," 24 Oct. 2017 Perhaps the one big one was kickoff specialist Scanlon’s fourth-quarter boot was returnable, per Mark Dantonio’s order according to the coach. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Western Michigan," 11 Sep. 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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