American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. That cannot be renewed: a nonrenewable license.
- adj. Of or relating to an energy source, such as oil or natural gas, or a natural resource, such as a metallic ore, that is not replaceable after it has been used.
- adj. Not able to be renewed; incapable of renewal.
- adj. With respect to a resource, unsustainable; not able to be regrown or renewed; not having an ongoing or continuous source of supply; finite.
- n. A resource that is not renewable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That can not be renewed. Opposite of
- adj. that can not be renewed
“This is why fossil fuels are called a nonrenewable resource -- once they're gone, they're gone.”
“Counting hydropower as "nonrenewable" and limiting environmentally clean nuclear power when $4 billion has been spent for the Yucca Flats facility is counter to developing the needs of our country.”
“Yes, we know it contributes to pollution, and yes, it is "nonrenewable," and yes, we still haven't learned to use it as efficiently as we could.”
“Rodale.com explains that plastic is made from nonrenewable resources, petroleum or natural gas.”
“The knock against fake fur is that nylon, acrylic, and polyester are made from nonrenewable petroleum.”
“If the price of a nonrenewable resource is growing at a rate in excess of the interest rate that's a powerful incentive to develop a substitute.”
“Calderon's nonrenewable six-year term runs through November 2012.”
“When you base your entire economy on an energy-intensive system and then rely on nonrenewable fossil fuels to support it -- and allow elected officials to be bought by the industry -- no doubt communities will suffer and the rights of people will fall to the bottom of the priority list.”
“Mr. Calderón's nonrenewable six-year term runs through November 2012.”
“Countries with abundant, extractable, nonrenewable resources such as oil and gas too often are dependent on that single economic sector.”
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