Definition of nonreturnable in English:



  • 1(especially of a deposit paid) not repayable in any circumstances.

    • ‘First you have to fill in a whole bunch of forms and sent them to ICANN with a $1,000 non-returnable fee.’
    • ‘The complainant must fill out a form, a copy of which must be given to the hedge owner, and pay a non-returnable fee to the local authority.’
    • ‘They would do us all a favour if they did not enter the competition in the first place or face a non-returnable entry fee.’
    • ‘The going rate, non-returnable, was 10 shillings - a social obligation rather than a favour.’
    • ‘Now its committee, which is understood to have spent most of the £600,000 non-returnable deposit it received on Claro Road, must decide whether it can afford to appeal against Harrogate Council's decision.’
    1. 1.1 (of bottles or other containers) not intended to be returned empty to the suppliers.
      • ‘I wondered what on earth a self-proclaimed organic gardener was doing with a stock of resource-squandering, non-returnable containers in the first place.’
      • ‘The company has the Zambian franchise to produce non-returnable bottles for all Coca-Cola products in the country.’
      • ‘Until we change the packaging to non-returnable bottles it is difficult for us to do so,’ he said.’
      • ‘Consumers pay more for goods in non-returnable containers or that have excessive packaging.’
      • ‘Among the major pollutants in the town are non-returnable beer bottles and cans.’