from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Subject to use or consumption: an expendable source.
- adj. Not worth salvaging or reusing: expendable rocket boosters.
- adj. Not strictly necessary; dispensable: an expendable budget item; expendable personnel.
- adj. Open to sacrifice in the interests of gaining an objective, especially a military one: expendable civilian targets.
- n. Something expendable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.
- adj. Designed for a single use; not reusable.
- adj. Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.
- adj. That which is regarded as not worth preserving or saving; able to be sacrificed.
- n. An expendable person or object; usually used in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That can be expended or consumed by use: as, articles expendable and not expendable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. suitable to be expended
- adj. (used of funds) remaining after taxes
"So far, sites have focused their attention on a younger demographic, which is finite, fickle and limited in expendable income."
Some may say I have a vested interest in the discussion; because if a child can be defined as expendable, what then of a person in their declining years?
The problem with present desire for NASA to base its entire Space Program on expendable launch vehicles, is the key word expendable!
Del Mar and other community colleges have been told to submit plans identifying as expendable up to 5 percent of their state funding.
I do not want government telling me what doctor to visit, how much to pay him, and when my grandmother will be considered "expendable" by government health care beauracrats.
Even huge turnaround time improvements on a refurbished vehicle doesn't seem like it would be such a significant design driver for a commercial payload vehicle to offset proven launch systems such as expendable rockets or something like a 2009 version of an X-15.
Did NASA carefully review to make sure they don't inadvertantly have some of the crew in an "expendable" classification?
The very cultures that men have built, he says, have considered males more "expendable" than women.
Everybody would be happy except for a few "expendable" troops and a million Iraqis.
Some Americans have already given up their "expendable" purchases.