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consumable

[kuh n-soo-muh-buh l] /kənˈsu mə bəl/
adjective
1.
able or meant to be consumed, as by eating, drinking, or using:
consumable goods.
2.
liable to be used up or depleted:
comsumable resources.
noun
3.
Usually, consumables. something that is produced to be consumed, as processed food or fuel.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; consume + -able
Related forms
consumability, noun
nonconsumable, adjective
unconsumable, adjective
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Examples from the web for consumables
  • Cost of consumables is one area where lasers really shine.
  • The property is stocked with all amenities and consumables, down to dish and laundry detergent.
  • These inexpensive consumables have helped keep the lid on inflation.
  • Decreased expectations of wages and increased expectations for future consumables drives up the need for savings.
  • Whilst a tax increase on various consumables lets you decide what your money is spent on via your consumption choices.
  • Good rains are critical for ensuring moderation in prices of vegetable and other daily consumables.
  • Incomes are low relative to consumables, so prices for them will rise faster than wages.
  • The government's role should be in maintaining and overseeing production and distribution of consumables.
  • Kodak's products also include prepress equipment and consumables and imaging sensors.
  • consumables are materials such as solder, welding rods and grinding wheels.
British Dictionary definitions for consumables

consumable

/kənˈsjuːməbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being consumed
noun
2.
(usually pl) goods intended to be bought and used; consumer goods
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Word Origin and History for consumables
n.

"articles of consumption," 1802, from consumable.

consumable

adj.

1640s, from consume + -able.

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