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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed to be disposed of after use: disposable diapers; disposable razors.
  • adj. Remaining to a person after taxes have been deducted: disposable income.
  • adj. Free for use; available: Every disposable piece of equipment was sent to the fire.
  • n. An article, such as a paper diaper or hypodermic syringe, that can be disposed of after one use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any object that is designed to be disposed of rather than refilled or repaired.
  • adj. That can be disposed of.
  • adj. That is designed to be discarded rather than refilled or repaired.
  • adj. Available to be used.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Subject to disposal; free to be used or employed as occasion may require; not assigned to any service or use.
  • adj. designed to be disposed of after use; -- of articles of commerce. The term implies that it is less expensive to manufacture a new one than to clean and recycle the used item to make it fit for use again; ; disposable diapers; disposable gloves. Opposite of reusable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Subject to disposal; that may be disposed of; free to be used or employed as occasion may require; available: as, disposable property; the whole disposable force of an army.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designed to be disposed of after use
  • adj. free or available for use or disposition
  • n. an item that can be disposed of after it has been used

Etymologies

dispose +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

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