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  • adj. Capable of being exhausted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being exhausted, drained off, or expended. Opposite of inexhaustible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being exhausted, drained off, consumed, or used up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being used up; capable of being exhausted
  • adj. capable of being used up


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  • In 11 short pages Boulding gave an account of the economy and its relation to the environment that distinguished between open and closed systems in relation to matter, energy, and information; described the economy as a sub-system of the biosphere; considered the significance of the second law of thermodynamics for energy, matter and information and the extent to which they are subject to entropic processes; argued that knowledge or information is the key to economic development; noted that fossil fuels are a short-term exhaustible supplement to solar energy and that fission energy does not change this picture; considered the prospects for much better use of solar energy enhanced perhaps by the biological revolution; argued that human welfare may be better understood as a stock rather than a flow; presented an ethical basis for conservation; acknowledged that human impacts on the environment have spread from the local to the global; observed the limited contribution that corrective taxation might play; and commented that technological change has become distorted through planned obsolescence, competitive advertising, poor quality, and a lack of durability.

    Herman Daly Festschrift~ Herman Daly and the Steady State Economy

  • Of course, I have had the world of the internet at my fingertips, and with that the in-exhaustible lists of "copycat" recipe sites out there.

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  • The oil rig companies use one layered tanks that are unsafe for transporting liquid murder through our exhaustible oceanic environment.

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  • In a case brought by the U.S., the European Union and Mexico, WTO judges disagreed with China's contention that its restrictions on exports of a variety of raw materials—including coke and bauxite—are necessary to protect human health or conserve exhaustible natural resources.

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  • It's certainly not exhaustible ... in fact quite the opposite.

    Tax Cuts for the Rich, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The model you describe is the Hotelling theory of exhaustible resources.

    A Glimmer of Hope on Oil, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Unlike IP, works of craft are both _exhaustible_ and _rivalrous_.

    Tax Cuts for the Rich, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • And just as winning the space race was essential to our national security, so too is winning the race to reduce our consumption of exhaustible energy sources.

    Rick Fedrizzi: Green Building Wins the Future

  • As large as our shale-gas resources are, they're still exhaustible, and eventually we will still need to transition to energy that is cleaner and more plentiful.

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  • ‘Self-control is an exhaustible resource’ | Unclutterer

    ‘Self-control is an exhaustible resource’ | Unclutterer


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