Definition of non-renewable in English:

non-renewable

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adjective

1(Of a contract or agreement) not able to be renewed: a non-renewable 15-year term of office
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  • Up until that point, nobody had informed me that my contract would be fixed term and non-renewable.
  • The president and vice-president and sixteen members of the eighty-member congress are elected by the nation as a whole for non-renewable four-year terms.
  • The Board is composed of six Board Members, appointed by Council for a four-year, non-renewable term.
2(Of a natural resource or source of energy) existing in finite quantity; not capable of being replenished: non-renewable fossil fuels
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  • Steel is made from a non-renewable resource so we only have a limited amount to export.
  • Hemp can replace many non-renewable resources as well as numerous processed and manufactured goods.
  • The consumption of resources, including non-renewable energy, is but one factor facing the development industry right now.

noun

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A non-renewable natural resource or source of energy: sustainability of the supply of non-renewables such as gas is crucial
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  • Perhaps I shouldn't have cancelled the air-conditioning to cut our use of non-renewables.
  • And inevitably the non-renewables will run out and we will be forced to use sustainable energy.
  • Does he seriously see us moving to renewable resources while there are still non-renewables we can burn?

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