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throwaway

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/ˈθrəʊəweɪ/
COMMERCE, MARKETING, ENVIRONMENT throwaway goods, products, etc. are designed and marketed in a way that encourages people to keep replacing them: Much of China's emissions come from manufacturing throwaway products for the west. A fundamental change in consumer attitudes to the throwaway culture is the only way forward.
COMMERCE used to describe a price that is very low: Analysts warned that expecting to buy hi-tech products at increasingly throwaway prices would eventually cause us all problems. → See also giveaway adjective
used to describe something that someone says without thinking carefully about whether it might be offensive to anyone: throwaway comment/remark He faced disciplinary action because of a throwaway comment about a colleague.
throwaway society disapproving ENVIRONMENT the modern world in which many goods are disposable and create waste: The developed world has become an increasingly throwaway society.
(Definition of throwaway from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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