Definition of durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration.
Durable goods are products whose usefulness continues for a number of years and that are not consumed or destroyed in a single usage. They are able to withstand repeated use; not disposable.
My friend said I was durable. I think that was a compliment.
I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years. More than one doctor has lectured me about the dangers of falling, including the possibility of shattering my wrists. I’ve been careful. Mostly.
I tripped starting up some concrete steps heading into a meeting. I remember my forehead hitting a step and I ended up on my hands and knees, blinded in one eye by the blood gushing from my forehead.
A woman walked up right after I fell. She got some very capable help who kept me (and the gathering group of concerned people) calm until the ambulance came. I got four stitches in my forehead, had some bad scrapes on one hand and arm and developed two amazing black eyes. A CT scan of my head and hand x rays were fine.
I was lucky. I was never in much pain and the injured parts are healing.
I sent an email to warn some friends about how I looked. One said she was glad I was so durable.
Durable (says thesaurus.com) is abiding, constant, dependable, enduring, lasting, permanent, persistent, reliable, stable, strong, tenacious, and tough.
Durable means I’ve been in pain, learned from it, and come out okay.
Durable is good.