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expendable

[ik-spen-duh-buh l] /ɪkˈspɛn də bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being expended.
2.
(of an item of equipment or supply) consumed in use or not reusable.
3.
considered to be not worth keeping or maintaining.
4.
Military. (of personnel, equipment, or supplies) capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective.
noun
5.
Usually, expendables. an expendable person or thing.
Origin of expendable
1795-1805
1795-1805; expend + -able
Related forms
expendability, noun
nonexpendable, adjective
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  • Ivy, after ten years in Interstel, you should know that experience and expendability are synonymous.

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British Dictionary definitions for expendability

expendable

/ɪkˈspɛndəbəl/
adjective
1.
that may be expended or used up
2.
not essential; not worth preserving
3.
able to be sacrificed to achieve an objective, esp a military one
noun
4.
something that is expendable
Derived Forms
expendability, noun
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Word Origin and History for expendability

expendable

adj.

1805, from expend + -able.

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