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; expend + -able
Related forms
expendability, noun
nonexpendable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for expendables
expendable (ɪkˈspɛndəbəl)
 
adj
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
 
n
4.  something that is expendable
 
expenda'bility
 
n

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Word Origin and History for expendables
expendable
1805, from expend + -able.
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