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Meaning of “expendable” in the English Dictionary

"expendable" in British English

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expendableadjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈspen.də.bl̩/
If someone or something is expendable, ​people can do something or ​deal with a ​situation without them: No one ​likes to ​think that they're expendable.
(Definition of expendable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expendable" in American English

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expendableadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪkˈspen·də·bəl/
not ​worthkeeping or no ​longeruseful: He was ​considered expendable and ​dropped from the ​team.
(Definition of expendable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"expendable" in Business English

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expendableadjective

uk   us   /ɪkˈspendəbl/
not completely necessary for ​success or continuing in ​business: In today's tough ​laborclimate, ​individualworkers are expendable. It seems he has become an expendable ​asset at the ​company.
expendable ​supplies are things that are used in a ​business that have little ​value: expendable ​items/​goods/​supplies
made to be used up or worn out over ​time: The one ​yearparts and ​laborwarrantyexcludes expendable ​parts such as ​batteries, springs, and ​filters.
(Definition of expendable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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