Definition of durable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͝orəb(ə)l/


1Able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing: porcelain enamel is strong and durable figurative a durable peace can be achieved
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  • They are simply not going to be able to maintain the durable equilibrium that market socialists want and believe possible.
  • The car is not made of stainless steel but instead it's made of some kind of durable alloy that can withstand bullets and rocket-propelled grenades.
  • Colonial hinged shutters are durable enough to withstand hurricane wind forces.
hardwearing, long-lasting, heavy-duty, industrial-strength, tough, resistant, imperishable, indestructible, strong, sturdy
stable, secure, firm, deep-rooted, permanent, undying, everlasting
1.1 informal (Of a person) having endurance: the durable Smith lasted the full eight rounds
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  • I'm a durable guy and I've got up of the floor a bunch of times.
  • Evidence suggests that he is less durable than his colleagues.
  • He was extremely durable and has not committed an error.


short for durable goods.
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  • He estimates that the total retail spending on non-durables and durables will grow by approximately 1.5 percentage points less in 2004 than it did in 2003.
  • Subtracting durables from the index reveals that high-frequency inflation - that is, prices for goods and services that are bought more frequently - is around 3% and has been edging higher recently.
  • He pointed to a reduced spend on household durables of 0.5 per cent last year as proof that ‘the supposed pent-up demand predicted when guidelines were introduced does not exist and this must be taken into account in the review underway’.



Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͝orəbəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • By our high quality level of materials and workmanship, the best results in reflex and durableness are achieved.
  • Although the investment will be slightly higher than other materials, you will get your money back in the durableness and longevity of the material.
  • The durableness of our products and the specialty and changeability of the styles make our corporation as strong strength in the battery and charger fields.


Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͝orəblē/
Example sentences
  • Democratic legitimation is also sapped, less obviously but more durably, whenever the growing need for coordination, due to increasing interdependence, is met by interstate agreements.
  • A photographic archive is a powerful link in the overall commemorative process; ancestral memory is more durably enshrined in a photo than in a gravestone.
  • Nowadays, in a durably deflationary world, the game is different.


Middle English (in the sense 'steadfast'): via Old French from Latin durabilis, from durare 'to last' (see duration).

  • This came via Old French from Latin durabilis, from durare ‘to last, harden’. Obdurate (Late Middle English) comes from the same root.

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Syllabification: du·ra·ble

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