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[dih-spoh-zuh-buh l] /dɪˈspoʊ zə bəl/
designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up:
disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.
free for use; available:
Every disposable vehicle was sent.
something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.
Origin of disposable
First recorded in 1645-55; dispose + -able
Related forms
disposability, disposableness, noun
disposably, adverb
nondisposable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Sheïkhs and akils seized spear and shield, and with all disposable force obeyed the hasty summons.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • All our forces, disposable, are on the march for embarkation.

  • Kelly was setting plastic, disposable dishes on the little swing-down table that doubled as a food bar and work desk.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • These sons all were disposable, convertible to some aim or end.

    Mary Seaham, Volume 2 of 3 Elizabeth Caroline Grey
  • Next, while the Turks were sending all their disposable troops against the two princes, a rising broke out in Bulgaria.

    A History of England Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for disposable


designed for disposal after use: disposable cups
available for use if needed: disposable assets
something, such as a baby's nappy, that is designed for disposal
(pl) short for disposable goods
Derived Forms
disposability, disposableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disposable

1640s, "that may be done without;" see dispose + -able. Meaning "designed to be discarded after one use" is from 1943, originally of diapers, soon of everything; replaced throw-away (1928) in this sense. First recorded use of disposable income (preserving the older sense) is from 1948.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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