from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being returned or brought back.
  • adjective Law Required to be returned within a specified time.
  • noun An empty beverage container that may be returned for refund of a deposit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of being returned.
  • In law, legally required to be returned, delivered, given, or rendered: as, a writ or precept returnable at a certain day; a verdict returnable to the court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of, or admitting of, being returned.
  • adjective (Law) Legally required to be returned, delivered, given, or rendered.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Capable of being returned.
  • noun Something that is returnable.

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

  • adjective that may be returned


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