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dis·​pos·​able di-ˈspō-zə-bəl How to pronounce disposable (audio)
: subject to or available for disposal
specifically : remaining to an individual after deduction of taxes and necessary living expenses
disposable income
: designed to be used once or only a limited number of times and then thrown away
disposable diapers
Replace the disposable razor when the blade becomes dull.
disposability noun


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: something that is disposable

Examples of disposable in a Sentence

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While his pinup-boy elder Tom Cruise commits religiously to the movie-theater experience, Reynolds hedges his bets, alternating big-screen blockbusters with disposable streaming fare like Spirited and Red Notice that keeps his beaming mug in constant rotation. A.a. Dowd, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 There was a disposable coffee cup in plain view, in front of Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen, on a grandiose dining table. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for disposable 

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Word History

First Known Use


1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disposable was in 1643

Dictionary Entries Near disposable

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“Disposable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposable. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: made to be thrown away after use
a disposable bottle
disposable diapers

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