[kuh n-soo-muh-buh l]
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  1. able or meant to be consumed, as by eating, drinking, or using: consumable goods.
  2. liable to be used up or depleted: comsumable resources.
  1. Usually consumables. something that is produced to be consumed, as processed food or fuel.

Origin of consumable

First recorded in 1635–45; consume + -able
Related formscon·sum·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·sum·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·sum·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for consumable


  1. capable of being consumed
  1. (usually plural) goods intended to be bought and used; consumer goods
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Word Origin and History for consumable

1640s, from consume + -able.

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