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disposable

[dih-spoh-zuh-buh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zə bəl/
adjective
1.
designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up:
disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.
2.
free for use; available:
Every disposable vehicle was sent.
noun
3.
something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; dispose + -able
Related forms
disposability, disposableness, noun
disposably, adverb
nondisposable, adjective
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Examples for disposable
  • Spoon melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag or a disposable pastry bag.
  • Pack disposable suitable work clothing, tough-but-comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The company touts its diapers as being eco-friendly by offering a biodegradable disposable diaper or reusable inserts.
  • Roll up a bill and slip it into the the end of your disposable razor.
  • Some airports do provide disposable booties, but you can never rely on that.
  • Instead of plastic disposable utensils, the company now uses recyclable ones.
  • Decide what is important to you and what is disposable.
  • Departments hire visiting professors every year to fill disposable positions.
  • Search-committee chairs are busy people, dealing with dozens of applications, many of which are quickly deemed disposable.
  • Have some disposable cups on hand for drinking water.
British Dictionary definitions for disposable

disposable

/dɪˈspəʊzəbəl/
adjective
1.
designed for disposal after use disposable cups
2.
available for use if needed disposable assets
noun
3.
something, such as a baby's nappy, that is designed for disposal
4.
(pl) short for disposable goods
Derived Forms
disposability, disposableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disposable
disposable
1640s, from dispose + -able. In the modern sense, first recorded 1943; originally of diapers, soon of everything; replaced throw-away (1928). First recorded use of disposable income is from 1948.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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