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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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British Dictionary definitions for durable


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 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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