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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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  • Your expendable supplies items accounting seems to be lax, if not outright careless.

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • I know you hate to burn up a ship, but this one is supposed to be expendable.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • From a practical standpoint, however, anything that James contracted for was expendable and of vital necessity.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • If we're caught, who knows better than we that we're expendable?

    Subversive Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • We reject any insinuation that one race or another, one people or another, is in any sense inferior or expendable.

British Dictionary definitions for expendable

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 expendable
adj.

1805, from expend + -able.

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