I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. legally required to be returned, delivered, or argued at a specified time or place <
a writ returnable on the date indicated
2. a. capable of returning or of being returned (as for reuse) <
returnable beer bottles
b. permitted to be returned <
sale items are not returnable
II. noun Date: 1963 something designed to be returned (as for recycling); especially a returnable beverage container

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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