[ dih-spoh-zuh-buhl ]
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  1. designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up: disposable plastic spoons; a disposable cigarette lighter.

  2. free for use; available: Every disposable vehicle was sent.

  1. something disposable after a single use, as a paper cup, plate, or napkin.

Origin of disposable

First recorded in 1645–55; dispose + -able

Other words from disposable

  • dis·pos·a·bil·i·ty, dis·pos·a·ble·ness, noun
  • dis·pos·a·bly, adverb
  • non·dis·pos·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for disposable


/ (dɪˈspəʊzəbəl) /

  1. designed for disposal after use: disposable cups

  2. available for use if needed: disposable assets

  1. something, such as a baby's nappy, that is designed for disposal

  2. (plural) short for disposable goods

Derived forms of disposable

  • disposability or disposableness, noun

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