renewable 1727, from RENEW (Cf. renew) + -ABLE (Cf. -able). In reference to energy sources, attested by 1971.

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  • renewable — index corrigible Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • renewable — re|new|a|ble [rıˈnju:əbəl US rıˈnu: ] adj 1.) if an agreement or official document is renewable, you can make it continue for a further period of time after it ends ≠ ↑non renewable ▪ It s a six month lease but it s renewable. ▪ a renewable visa… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • renewable — re|new|a|ble [ rı nuəbl ] adjective 1. ) a renewable contract, agreement, etc. can be continued for a longer period of time: It s a three year contract, renewable for a further 12 months if both parties agree. 2. ) renewable energy and natural… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • renewable — UK [rɪˈnjuːəb(ə)l] / US [rɪˈnuəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a renewable contract, agreement etc can be continued for a longer period of time It s a three year contract, renewable for a further 12 months if both parties agree. 2) renewable energy and… …   English dictionary

  • renewable — adjective 1 a renewable contract, ticket etc can be made to continue after the date on which it ends: The permit is renewable after months. 2 something that is renewable can be replaced by natural processes or good management, so that it is never …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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