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[doo r-uh-buh l, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər ə bəl, ˈdyʊər-/
able to resist wear, decay, etc., well; lasting; enduring.
durables, durable goods.
Origin of durable
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin dūrābilis. See dure2, -able
Related forms
durability, durableness, noun
durably, adverb
undurability, noun
undurable, adjective
undurableness, noun
undurably, adverb
1. permanent.
1. weak, transitory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for durability
  • The size and strength of the bubbles determine the durability of the meringue.
  • Commercially produced herbs and garden herbs may have different flavor and durability.
  • Materials throughout this house were chosen carefully to maximize light, durability, and ease of cleaning.
  • The durability of the revolution's goals is probably best measured two or five years from now.
  • Rather it is to be impressed, at the end of a year and near the end of a millennium, with the durability of human deeds.
  • Sufficient air content is critical for concrete durability in freeze-thaw conditions.
  • But there are many reasons to doubt the durability of the economic turnaround, and the speed with which jobs will return.
  • This, more than anything else, explains its durability.
  • It is commonly used because of its durability and ability to withstand high temperatures.
  • It will also probably have less durability as mud bricks do not last as long as clay bricks under high temperature conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for durability


long-lasting; enduring: a durable fabric
Derived Forms
durability, durableness, noun
durably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre to last; see endure
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Word Origin and History for durability

late 14c., from Old French durabilité, from Late Latin durabilitatem (nominative durabilitas), noun of quality from Latin durabilis (see durable).



late 14c., from Old French durable (11c.), from Latin durabilis "lasting, permanent," from durare "to last, harden" (see endure). Durable goods attested from 1930.

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