[ ik-spen-duh-buh l ]
/ ɪkˈspɛn də bəl /
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.
Related formsex·pend·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ex·pend·a·ble, adjective
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Ivy, after ten years in Interstel, you should know that experience and expendability are synonymous.Attrition|Jim Wannamaker
British Dictionary definitions for expendability
/ (ɪkˈspɛndəbəl) /
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
Derived Formsexpendability, noun
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