Definition of durable in English:


Line breaks: dur¦able
Pronunciation: /ˈdjʊərəb(ə)l



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  • short for consumer durables.
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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’.



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  • 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.


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  • 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).

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