ex·​pend·​able | \ ik-ˈspen-də-bəl How to pronounce expendable (audio) \

Definition of expendable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: that may be expended: such as
a : normally used up or consumed in service expendable supplies like pencils and paper
b : more easily or economically replaced than rescued, salvaged, or protected



Definition of expendable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is expendable usually used in plural

Other Words from expendable


expendability \ ik-​ˌspen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce expendable (audio) \ noun

Examples of expendable in a Sentence

Adjective employees whose jobs are considered expendable
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Maybe democracy is expendable, as long as corporate profits grow and stock prices increase. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 The Mavericks departures in that deal, Delon Wright and Justin Jackson, became expendable after Dallas’ draft night acquisition of wing Josh Richardson and draft picks Josh Green, Tyrell Terry and Tyler Bey. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 21 Nov. 2020 This ratio broadly measures a college’s liquidity, grading how well its expendable assets could meet its annual expenses without straining its normal operations. Emma Whitford, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The existence of a ready supply of expendable fighters can only exacerbate India’s spiraling religious tensions. Suprakash Majumdar, Time, 6 Apr. 2022 But reducing them to such expendable bargaining chips would be a mistake completely disproportionate to their brief running times. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The satellites would then be boosted to low Earth orbit or Sun-synchronous orbit by an expendable upper stage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 With Emerson possibly set to play in the slot, Hill, 30, became expendable. cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 The Blazers’ fifth all-time leading scorer, McCollum became expendable after the franchise decided to rebuild around Damian Lillard. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The performance made someone like veteran Sony Michel expendable and that’s part of the reason why Michel was traded to Los Angeles. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Dickerson's activation made guard/tackle Matt Pryor expendable. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 The draft capital in that deal is undoubtedly what interested the Spurs the most, making Young expendable. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 That makes Sexton expendable, because the Cavs will need to commit more than $100 million to re-sign the center. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 25 June 2021 Jones or Stidham could outplay Newton in training camp and make Newton expendable. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Perry's ascension could make a forward like Lauren Cox expendable. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2021 This isn’t the first time UAA administrators have deemed skiing expendable during a budget crisis. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 Even with rosters expanded from the usual 21 to 23 because of the pandemic, the Wings deemed Svechnikov expendable. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2021 See More

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1805, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Expendable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expendable. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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