- that can be expended
- Mil. designating or of equipment or personnel considered worth sacrificing to achieve an objective
- regarded as having too little value or usefulness to be worth keeping
- designating or of a person or thing regarded as worth sacrificing under particular circumstances
A person who contributes nothing to a project and who is thus not necessary to complete it is an example of someone who is expendable.
- Subject to use or consumption: an expendable source.
- Not worth salvaging or reusing: expendable rocket boosters.
- Not strictly necessary; dispensable: an expendable budget item; expendable personnel.
- Open to sacrifice in the interests of gaining an objective, especially a military one: expendable civilian targets.
(comparative more expendable, superlative most expendable)
- Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.
- Oil and other expendable resources are frequently the subject of military disputes.
- Designed for a single use; not reusable.
- The anti-aircraft rocket is fired from an expendable launch platform.
- Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.
- The research department was deemed expendable, and its funding was not renewed.
- 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.
- 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.
From Latin expendere + -able
- This is the more 'frankensteinian' theme of the Terminator movies - be careful abou creating objects smarter or stronger than you, or you might find yourself wholly expendable.
- Not only will you need to have the expendable finances to treat your skin, you'll also want to commit to your clear skin afterwards by avoiding the sun at all costs.
- These little "nickel and dime" purchases are what mysteriously eat away at expendable income, thus they are the easiest to curb.
- These mats are made of expendable green resources like non-toxic rubber foam or cork.
- The bike was a trophy from a time when Dean's budget contained more expendable income.