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disposable

[ dih-spoh-zuh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈspoʊ zə bəl /
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adjective

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.

noun

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

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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, noundis·pos·a·bly, adverbnon·dis·pos·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disposable

disposable
/ (dɪˈspəʊzəbəl) /

adjective

designed for disposal after usedisposable cups
available for use if neededdisposable assets

noun

something, such as a baby's nappy, that is designed for disposal
(plural) short for disposable goods

Derived forms of disposable

disposability or disposableness, noun
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