Definition of nonrenewable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnänriˈn(y)o͞oəb(ə)l/


1(Of a contract, agreement, etc.) not able to be renewed: nonrenewable licenses
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  • Many low-cost term-life-insurance policies expire and are nonrenewable when you turn 65.
  • The advantage of long, and nonrenewable, terms is that the members of the second chamber would truly be independent in that nothing which they did could affect their continued membership.
  • The other ten members of the council are elected by the General Assembly to two-year nonrenewable terms, with five new members elected each year.
2(Of a natural resource or source of energy) existing in finite quantity; not capable of being replenished: they realized that oil was nonrenewable, polluting, and expensive
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  • Our primary source of energy - oil - is nonrenewable and exhaustible.
  • These hidden gardens, protected by a strong street-facing facade, are oases for the office workers, producing a tempered microclimate while minimizing use of nonrenewable energy in very hot climates.
  • These materials are all nonrenewable, require vast amounts of energy to manufacture and recycle and are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.


(usually nonrenewables)
A nonrenewable energy source: the availability of oil or other nonrenewables is not a concern to modern environmentalists
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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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Syllabification: non·re·new·a·ble

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