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 Instead of overthinking thought leadership, start delivering informed and inspirational content in consumable portions. John Hall, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Walmart noted some consumers were trading down to private-label offerings, and the discounters flagged more demand for core consumable items versus general merchandise. Bill Stone, Forbes, 29 May 2022 Dollar General said that while consumable sales jumped 9.1%, sales in all other categories—seasonal, apparel and home—declined. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 26 May 2022 An agile foundation is also critical—specifically, cloud infrastructure, converting IT capabilities into consumable services and making data easily accessible. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The format of the images should be usable and consumable. Aparajeeta Das, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Gene sequencing giant Illumina had a strong finish to 2021, powered by gains in instrument and consumable sales across oncology, reproductive health, genetic disease and research markets. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 Within Freehand Good’s Hourglass District store on Curry Ford Road, find a section of the store dedicated to consumable goods. Patrick Connolly,, 26 Nov. 2021 But there are many other indirect suppliers providing consumable goods, IT and other services to the business. Jason Stern, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 16 Mar. 2020 Three-fourths of Dollar General’s sales are groceries and other consumables. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 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, 14 Oct. 2019 The store showcases a new format with affordably priced furniture, seasonal, home, food and consumables goods. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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, 11 Apr. 2019 See More

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1547, in the meaning defined above


1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Consumable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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