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Definition of nonrenewable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of natural resources such as gas or oil) that cannot be replaced after use the need to protect nonrenewable resources nonrenewable energy sources Fossil fuels are nonrenewable and rapidly running out.
  2. 2that cannot be continued or repeated for a further period of time after it has ended a nonrenewable contract The position is a fixed-term nonrenewable appointment. opposite renewable