durable

[door-uh-buhl, dyoor-]
adjective
1.
able to resist wear, decay, etc., well; lasting; enduring.
noun
2.
durables, durable goods.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin dūrābilis. See dure2, -able

durability, durableness, noun
durably, adverb
undurability, noun
undurable, adjective
undurableness, noun
undurably, adverb


1. permanent.


1. weak, transitory.
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durable (ˈdjʊərəbəl)
 
adj
long-lasting; enduring: a durable fabric
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre to last; see endure]
 
dura'bility
 
n
 
'durableness
 
n
 
'durably
 
adv

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durable
late 14c., from O.Fr. durable, from L. durabilis "lasting, permanent," from durare "to last, harden" (see endure). Related: Durability.
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Example sentences
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.
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