Definition of nonreturnable in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First you have to fill in a whole bunch of forms and sent them to ICANN with a $1,000 non-returnable fee.’
    • ‘The going rate, non-returnable, was 10 shillings - a social obligation rather than a favour.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of bottles or other containers) not intended to be returned empty to the suppliers.
      • ‘Among the major pollutants in the town are non-returnable beer bottles and cans.’
      • ‘Until we change the packaging to non-returnable bottles it is difficult for us to do so,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Consumers pay more for goods in non-returnable containers or that have excessive packaging.’