ex·pend·able | \ik-ˈspen-də-bəl \

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

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expendability \ik-ˌspen-də-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

Examples of expendable in a Sentence


employees whose jobs are considered expendable

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All of a sudden, these men had families, expendable time and money on their hands. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Don't Make Me Pull Over' celebrates the family road trip," 10 July 2018 The Pistons could decide that Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Jon Leuer and Henry Ellenson are enough for the center spot, making Moreland expendable. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons, Ed Stefanski shop for free agents under tight budget," 29 June 2018 Yet for the super-rich clients of Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria and Alta Moda collections that kind of cash is chump change—a micro-slice of expendable currency. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 For a fully expendable variant of the rocket, which can lift a theoretical maximum of 64 tons to low-Earth orbit, the price is $150 million. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Falcon Heavy is an absurdly low-cost heavy lift rocket," 14 Feb. 2018 More: Glenn Robinson III, Jose Calderon: Pistons 'can do big things' The move made holdover point guard Dwight Buycks expendable. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Dwane Casey puts stamp on Detroit Pistons 2018 free-agent class," 10 July 2018 By signing James and then Rajon Rondo, the Lakers made Lonzo Ball expendable. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "LaVar Ball's latest bluster shows Los Angeles Lakers need to trade Lonzo Ball," 5 July 2018 But Rasul Douglas and De’Vante Bausby could potentially supplant one of the three or make one expendable enough to trade. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: The cornerback competition; What's up with Isaac Seumalo?; Mike Wallace shines," 7 June 2018 That purchase made his first, smaller home in Lake Forest expendable. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long sold Lake Forest house for $1 million," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of expendable


1805, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of expendable

: easily replaced : not worth saving : not meant to be saved : meant to be used and thrown away

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