Consumable vs. Expendable

Consumable vs. Expendable — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Consumable and Expendable

Consumableadjective

Capable of being consumed

consumable energy.

Expendableadjective

Subject to use or consumption

an expendable source.

Consumableadjective

Capable of being depleted or worn out by use

consumable paper products.

Expendableadjective

Not worth salvaging or reusing

expendable rocket boosters.

Consumablenoun

A consumable good or service

supplies of food, fuel, spare parts, and other consumables.

Expendableadjective

Not strictly necessary; dispensable

an expendable budget item.expendable personnel.
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Consumableadjective

That is consumed or depleted upon use.

Expendableadjective

Open to sacrifice in the interests of gaining an objective, especially a military one

expendable civilian targets.

Consumableadjective

That may be eaten.

Expendablenoun

Something expendable.

Consumablenoun

A material or product that is produced for consumption.

printer consumables such as toner and ink cartridges

Expendableadjective

Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.

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

may be used up

Expendableadjective

Designed for a single use; not reusable.

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

Expendableadjective

Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.

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

Expendableadjective

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.

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.

Expendableadjective

suitable to be expended

Expendableadjective

(used of funds) remaining after taxes;

spendable income