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renewable

[ri-noo, -nyoo] /rɪˈnu, -ˈnyu/
adjective
1.
able to be renewed:
a library book that is not renewable.
noun
2.
something that is renewable.
Origin of renewable
1720-1730
1720-30; renew + -able
Related forms
renewability, noun
nonrenewable, adjective
unrenewable, adjective
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  • renewable term-insurance premiums are lower than straight life insurance because in the former there is no cash surrender value.

  • In 1710 copyrights for books was given for 14 years, renewable for another 14 years.

  • From these renewable leases the society had an income of about 2,500l. yearly.

  • Mr. Tudor had the flat on a three years' agreement, renewable at his option for a further period of two years.

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • This was a lease for twenty-five years, renewable for a further term of similar duration.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
Word Origin and History for renewable
adj.

1727, from renew + -able. In reference to energy sources, attested by 1971.

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renewable in Science
renewable
  (rĭ-n'ə-bəl)   
Relating to a natural resource, such as solar energy, water, or wood, that is never used up or that can be replaced by new growth. Resources that are dependent on regrowth can sometimes be depleted beyond the point of renewability, as when the deforestation of land leads to desertification or when a commercially valuable species is harvested to extinction. Pollution can also make a renewable resource such as water unusable in a particular location. Compare nonrenewable.
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