Definition of nonrenewable in English:


Syllabification: non·re·new·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌnänriˈn(y)o͞oəbəl


1(Of a contract, agreement, etc.) not able to be renewed: nonrenewable licenses
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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: they realized that oil was nonrenewable, polluting, and expensive
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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.


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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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