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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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Parties, conservatives thought, served solely as a disposable means to an end, rather than as valuable organizations and instruments of democracy in their own right. Daniel Schlozman & Sam Rosenfeld / Made By History, TIME, 10 June 2024 Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/Getty Images North America A lawsuit aims to hold a major plastic polluter accountable The disposable culture that was fostered by the plastics industry is playing out in places like the Buffalo River, which empties into Lake Erie in western New York. Michael Copley, NPR, 9 June 2024
The industry has boomed in the years since the pandemic, and not just with upmarket brands like Leica; the classic Fujifilm disposables are back, too. Ali Watkins, New York Times, 6 June 2024 The disposables would have more than a thousand puffs in them. John Daley - Colorado Public Radio, NPR, 9 Apr. 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

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“Disposable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disposable. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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