expendable

[ ik-spen-duh-buh l ]
/ ɪkˈspɛn də bəl /

adjective

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.

noun

Usually expendables. an expendable person or thing.

Origin of expendable

First recorded in 1795–1805; expend + -able

OTHER WORDS FROM expendable

ex·pend·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ex·pend·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for expendability

  • Ivy, after ten years in Interstel, you should know that experience and expendability are synonymous.

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British Dictionary definitions for expendability

expendable
/ (ɪkˈspɛndəbəl) /

adjective

that may be expended or used up
not essential; not worth preserving
able to be sacrificed to achieve an objective, esp a military one

noun

something that is expendable

Derived forms of expendable

expendability, noun
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