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

  • adj. That can be consumed: consumable energy.
  • adj. That may be depleted or worn out by use: consumable paper products.
  • n. A consumable good or service: supplies of food, fuel, spare parts, and other consumables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That is consumed or depleted upon use.
  • adj. That may be eaten.
  • n. A material or product that is produced for consumption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being consumed; that may be destroyed, dissipated, wasted, or spent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being consumed, dissipated, or destroyed; destructible.

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

  • adj. may be used up


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  • Video games and movies are technologically costly to put on the ‘net in consumable form.

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  • Amid massive U.S. job losses, business bankruptcies and other misery, H-P's so-called consumable sales plunged 7.2% in the fiscal first quarter, one reason H-P missed Wall Street's revenue estimates by $3 billion, or 10%.

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  • For those types of spending that can be described as consumable services or transfers, the U.S. experience has been, and continues to be, that immigrants pay for themselves.

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  • The fundamental explanation is that food, beverage, household products and cosmetics companies manufacture and market brand name consumable products, most of which are considered essential to daily life -- food, drink, toothpaste, deodorants, toilet paper, etc.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • I've been told by futures brokers that in their opinion an inclusion of all commodity markets, aka consumable goods being taxed is not likely.


  • The selected candidate will be responsible for CREEPS Inc. corporate messaging and branding to advance sales of our cheap to manufacture, high profit margin line of big name consumable products such as ANXIETY, FEAR and TOTAL IGNORANCE as CREEPS continues its decades of success to crush and destroy the capacity of ailing competitors selling OPTIMISM built using expensive High Hopes processes based on inclusive collaborative methods that prop up the menace of human decency and shared values.

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  • Goodbye to all that, though: In a contemporary industrial society, instead, the alternation of standards, the dissolution of tradition, social mobility, the fact that models and principles are 'consumable' — everything can be summed up under the sign of a continuous load of information which proceeds by way of massive jolts, implying a continual reassessment of sensibilities, adaptation of psychological assumptions, and requalification of intelligence.

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  • My kids love creating things and these gifts are "consumable", meaning they don't linger for years in the toy box.

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  • What we have to show for warfare is weaponry (the ultimate "consumable" commodity) and it's "fruits" -- death, destruction, devastated lives, and residoodoo like land mines and depleted uranium.

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  • JOHN PHILLIPS, ASTRONAUT: Well, we don't really scavenge much out of the shuttle, Miles, except a little food and some paper for the printer, just kind of consumable things like that.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2005


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