con·​sum·​able | \ kən-ˈsü-mə-bəl How to pronounce consumable (audio) \

Definition of consumable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being consumed consumable goods



Definition of consumable (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of consumable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Minnesota has a law known as the Lawful Consumable Products Act, barring adverse action by employers because of off-duty use of lawful consumable products, such as tobacco and alcohol. Star Tribune, "Cheerleader's case could shape workplace social media policies," 2 May 2021 Some will undoubtedly turn to employee monitoring to make sure that their employees are as active as possible, viewing them as consumable resources to be pushed and challenged. Yec, Forbes, "Building Healthier, More Sustainable Teams With Behavior Analytics," 19 Apr. 2021 Fortunately, Dollar General is stepping up to the plate in broadening both its consumables and non-consumable items. Sanford Stein, Forbes, "Dollar General Has The Capacity To Become A 30,000 Unit Retailer," 18 Mar. 2021 These codes, printed on most food and other consumable products, may seem cryptic or even random to the average person. Thomas Burke, Forbes, "Lot Codes For Food Tracing: How Are They Used?," 25 Feb. 2021 The traditional market, featuring consumable goods made or produced within 35 miles of Medina, will be held Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. either on the Medina Square or on Broadway Street in front of the County Courthouse. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "She’s 96 and helping us all preserve our history: Whit & Whimsey," 12 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year, consumable goods like food were what was driving sales growth at dollar stores. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Dollar Stores Start Moving Upmarket," 3 Dec. 2020 Although he was barely known beyond his country’s borders, even among Mexican Americans, the author played a singular role in shifting perceptions of LGBTQ people in Mexico’s consumable culture. Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Why Luis Zapata’s breakthrough gay Mexican novel demands a new translation," 18 Nov. 2020 The restructuring earlier this year reorganized business units into three categories: hygiene, health and consumable adhesives; construction adhesives; and engineering adhesives. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "H.B. Fuller CEO sees economic disruption into next year," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jabil is helping customers quickly scale production for medical and surgical devices, diagnostic equipment and consumables, and pharmaceutical delivery systems. Fortune, "How Fortune 500 companies are utilizing their resources and expertise during the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Past proposals have called for 3D printing with Sorel cement, which requires significant amounts of chemicals and water (consumables), and a rocklike material that would require both water and phosphoric acid as a liquid binder. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases," 31 Mar. 2020 The supply chain for consumables isn’t as broad as the ones for apparel, home goods and electronics. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Amazon to hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery employees as it struggles to meet demand," 16 Mar. 2020 Three-fourths of Dollar General’s sales are groceries and other consumables. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Lists of the Top 20 retailers separated by a transformative decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Those people are essentially entirely reliant for secure access to food, medical consumables, books that appear in schools, spare parts for water cisterns, for everything basically, on the cross-border operation. Joseph Hincks / Gaziantep, Time, "The Turkish Invasion of Syria Shows the U.N. Is Struggling to Keep Up With Humanitarian Crises," 14 Oct. 2019 The store showcases a new format with affordably priced furniture, seasonal, home, food and consumables goods. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Understory debuts food hall in downtown Houston," 9 Aug. 2019 Storing consumables — for weeks, not just a few days — has been central to civilization since pre-history, whether it’s water, materials, food, or fuel. Mark P. Mills, National Review, "The Nobel Committee Dreams of a Post-Fossil-Fuel Future," 21 Oct. 2019 With the support from contractors and universities, the flight control team demonstrated considerable ingenuity under pressure, overcoming the challenges of low power, limited water and lack of other consumables. Deb Kiner |, al, "Historic photos of Apollo 13’s aborted but miraculous mission," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of consumable


1547, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of consumable

used to describe products that need to be replaced after they have been used for a period of time

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