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con·​sum·​able kən-ˈsü-mə-bəl How to pronounce consumable (audio)
: capable of being consumed
consumable goods


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: something (such as food or fuel) that is consumable
usually used in plural

Examples of consumable in a Sentence

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Remember, always prioritize your safety and well-being when using any consumable product. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 The Family Dollar stores segment consists of consumable merchandise, hardware and automotive supplies, diapers, batteries, pet food and supplies, seasonal and electronics merchandise, as well as apparel and accessories merchandise. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Influence of Storage Conditions Just like many consumable products, storage conditions play a role in altering the taste of delta 8 over time. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Limited supplies of consumable materials are available for purchase. John Benson, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 Prime Members: 50 Percent Off One Subscribe & Save Item Amazon One of the best ways to save money year round on Amazon is to sign up for Subscribe & Save, which gives you discounts on consumable items like coffee grounds, protein drinks, or cat food. Nena Farrell, WIRED, 12 July 2023 Most of them aren’t very relevant to Tears of the Kingdom, but every single one will spawn at least a few generic consumable items, like meal ingredients. WIRED, 5 July 2023 The production of consumable items — including food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals — represented an outsize portion of the job growth from 2020 through 2022. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 2 May 2023 Consumers often mistakenly believe expired products are no longer consumable. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2022
Just as other retailers have called out, theft at stores and consumers’ shift to buying lower-margin consumables (such as food and paper towels) have eaten away at Dollar General’s margins. WSJ, 31 Aug. 2023 Chemical age All rechargeable batteries are considered consumables, meaning there’s a finite limit to their usefulness. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2023 To avoid a gifting disaster, concentrate on consumables like candles, food finds, soaps, lotions, and generic gift cards that are sure to be appreciated. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Aug. 2023 Every Saturday in July and August, Vermilion hosts sales of artisan goods, handcrafts and consumables in downtown Victory Park. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 13 July 2023 The biggest price increases were for sought-after, premium consumables such as wine and whiskey, as well as luxury cars and hospitality services, Julius Baer notes in a statement. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 20 June 2023 The assorted staff included Doug Herrington, the onetime head of Amazon’s consumables and grocery business, who had since been elevated to run Amazon’s entire North American retail business. Jason Del Rey, Fortune, 13 June 2023 Refills on Matic’s consumables are automatic and included. IEEE Spectrum, 9 May 2023 On the eGX, the only real consumable are the tires, as well as switching out the batteries after a 45 minute session. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 4 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1547, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consumable was in 1547

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“Consumable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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