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a. Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay: a durable fabric.
b. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period, usually several years or more: durable goods such as washing machines and dryers.
2. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries: a durable fullback.
3. Lasting; stable: a durable friendship.
A good or product made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period, usually several years or more: tracked the orders for automobiles and other durables.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre, to last; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.]
du′ra·bil′i·ty, du′ra·ble·ness n.
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