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adjective
du·ra·ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durable 

: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase also : designed to be durable durable goods

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durability \ ˌdu̇r-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌdyu̇r- \ noun
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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

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Like the popular moka pot, it’s unfussy and made of durable aluminum. $35 3. Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 In The First Purge, the origins story of the surprisingly durable sci-fi/horror franchise, a young woman says we all are given a choice — to hurt or to heal. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'First Purge': Not worth the splurge," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of durable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

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