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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
1795-1805
1795-1805; expend + -able
Related forms
expendability, noun
nonexpendable, adjective
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Examples for expendable
  • Many papers have settled on higher education as an expendable beat.
  • However, consumers do not have the expendable income to increase consumption.
  • Children are being used as an expendable commodity, to be used and discarded.
  • Many of the aircraft cost several millions of dollars and are not exactly expendable.
  • The results of previous mistakes were mostly expendable.
  • The instrument, called an expendable bathythermograph, is little more than a shaped weight with a temperature sensor inside.
  • Downsizing and re-engineering made it clear that employees were expendable commodities, not.
  • Here's a scenario of what might happen if budget cutters decide that humanities research is expendable.
  • People are told that they no longer are wanted at work and made to feel expendable at home.
  • Since there is no way to land an expendable missile after liftoff, it must be tested to orbit on its one and only flight.
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
expendable
1805, from expend + -able.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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