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 Masks ship in 14 days and are returnable for 30 days. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Where to get a face mask if you're not a medical worker," 16 June 2020 Masks ship in 14 days and are returnable for 30 days. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Where to get a face mask if you're not a medical worker," 23 May 2020 While Costco officials reached for comment would not say whether the policy changed nationwide, the retailer's website does note toilet paper and select bags of rice, which were out of stock, are non-returnable. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus is forcing retailers to suspend returns and change policies. Here's what you need to know," 27 Mar. 2020 Masks ship in 14 days and are returnable for 30 days. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Where to get a face mask if you're not a medical worker," 29 Apr. 2020 Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Vault Comics has made its titles returnable and put new releases on hiatus for the month of April; that publisher will also re-evaluate its plan as events unfold. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Image Comics Publisher Asks for Retailer Relief Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 The Tigers punted three times and none were returnable by the sophomore who leads the nation in punt return average. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Reviewing wacky Iron Bowl with extra observations, context for what happened," 1 Dec. 2019 Kelley would like whatever plan the city settles on to be flexible enough so it could be adapted to other products, such as non-returnable bottles. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland plan for reducing single use bags could involve fees to protect retailers, exemptions for the poor," 29 Jan. 2020 Read the fine print and make sure such gifts are transferable and, if needed, returnable. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Set a good budget every holiday season," 30 Nov. 2019 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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“Returnable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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