- capable of being expended.
- (of an item of equipment or supply) consumed in use or not reusable.
- considered to be not worth keeping or maintaining.
- Military. (of personnel, equipment, or supplies) capable of being sacrificed in order to accomplish a military objective.
- Usually expendables. an expendable person or thing.
Origin of expendable
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Examples from the Web for expendable
Because when it comes to The Expendables franchise, no plot is expendable.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
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“They (critics of reform) think these people are expendable,” says Simpson.The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
January 31, 2014
To put it bluntly: it often leads to making everything else a secondary—that is, expendable—issue.
The real danger lies in the implication that the freedom and dignity of Jews in the diaspora is somewhat of an expendable asset.
"As a result, he treats workers as expendable resources without taking into account their contributions," Stone writes.Jeff Bezos’s Dad Was a Circus Performer and 5 More Juicy Bits From the Tell-All Book
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There are too many imponderables: you are, to a certain degree, expendable.A Place in the Sun
I know you hate to burn up a ship, but this one is supposed to be expendable.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
If we're caught, who knows better than we that we're expendable?Subversive
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Hoskins goes, because of all of us, the Engineer is most expendable.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
In attempting to avert that tragedy I'm expendable, as is everyone else here.Planet of the Damned
- that may be expended or used up
- not essential; not worth preserving
- able to be sacrificed to achieve an objective, esp a military one
- something that is expendable
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Word Origin and History for expendable
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