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ɪkˈspɛn də bəlex·pend·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expendableadjective

    suitable to be expended

  2. expendable, spendableadjective

    (used of funds) remaining after taxes

    "spendable income"


  1. expendablenoun

    An expendable person or object; usually used in the plural.

    Private Johnson was afraid the Lieutenant considered him an expendable, since he was always picked as point man.

  2. expendableadjective

    Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.

    Oil and other expendable resources are frequently the subject of military disputes.

  3. expendableadjective

    Designed for a single use; not reusable.

    The anti-aircraft rocket is fired from an expendable launch platform.

  4. expendableadjective

    Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.

    The research department was deemed expendable, and its funding was not renewed.

  5. expendableadjective

    That which is regarded as not worth preserving or saving; able to be sacrificed.

    In the internecine rivalries of large corporations, whole departments may become expendable in the execution of one executive's power play.

  6. Etymology: From Latin expendere + -able


  1. Expendable

    Expendable is a science fiction novel by the Canadian author James Alan Gardner, published in 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers under its various imprints. It is the first book in a series involving the "League of Peoples", an assemblage of advanced species in the Milky Way galaxy. The novel introduces many concepts in Gardner's "League of Peoples" universe, such as the Explorer Corps, Sentient Citizens, and the League itself.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expendable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expendable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of expendable in a Sentence

  1. Michael Madden:

    This is a man who might provide some tactical advice to the leader but is otherwise a message bearer with little negotiating or policymaking latitude, instead, they put in someone like Kim Hyok Chol to insulate Choe Son Hui and more substantive diplomatic personnel, to a certain degree he is expendable and his superiors are not.

  2. Dave Willis:

    Essentially, we look at people with this on-demand, consumeristic mindset of, 'What am I in the mood for? Who can make me happy? Who pleases me?' and as soon as they don't make me feel a certain way, they're expendable, when we approach our relationships this way, it's no longer based on commitment; it's based on feelings and compatibility.

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  • потребляем, за еднократна употреба, маловаженBulgarian
  • obětovatelný, postradatelnýCzech
  • prescindible, sacrificable, desechable, agotableSpanish
  • kertakäyttö-, kertakäyttöinen, ehtyväFinnish
  • consommable, sacrifiable, facultatif, jetableFrench
  • so-chaitheamhScottish Gaelic
  • yn-cheau, yn-vaarailManx
  • उपभोजितHindi
  • ಖರ್ಚುಮಾಡಬಹುದುKannada
  • expendibilesLatin
  • vervangbaarDutch
  • unnværesNorwegian
  • esgotável, sacrificável, descartávelPortuguese
  • необязательный, одноразовый, расходный, расходуемый, невозобновляемыйRussian
  • expendableTelugu
  • harcanabilirTurkish

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