I. adjective Date: 1805 that may be expended: as a. normally used up or consumed in service <
expendable supplies like pencils and paper
b. more easily or economically replaced than rescued, salvaged, or protected • expendability noun II. noun Date: 1942 one that is expendable — usually used in plural

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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