Definition of disposable in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈspōzəb(ə)l/


1(Of an article) intended to be used once, or until no longer useful, and then thrown away: disposable diapers a disposable razor
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  • Articles such as disposable diapers, bibs, clothing, etc. are disclosed.
  • Even the razor should be a disposable one, thrown out after use.
  • So he conceived of a line of cheap, disposable razor blades that could be purchased in bulk and discarded before they ever needed sharpening.
1.1(Of a person or idea) able to be dispensed with; easily dismissed: the poor performer is motivated by the fear that he or she is highly disposable
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  • We're dealing with what you should really consider to be disposable people and kind of even a new model of slavery.
  • ‘We're disposable,’ she said of the military's attitude toward reservists.
  • Because I somehow feel that somewhere in someone's thinking fathers are disposable, because that's the way we're treating this man.
2(Chiefly of financial assets) readily available for the owner’s use as required: he made a mental inventory of his disposable assets
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  • Investment will therefore be a function of the financial viability of the hospital and its possession of disposable assets rather than its ranking in terms of national and regional need.
  • As a business owner, you can't afford to view employees as disposable assets.
  • We have exhausted all our savings and disposable assets.
available, usable, spendable


An article designed to be thrown away after use: don’t buy disposables, such as razors, cups, and plates
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  • The safety disposables are designed so that reuse is excluded.
  • Whether you're trying to bond a cannula to a syringe hub, cement a lens in an endoscope, or produce disposables, chances are that some company makes an adhesive especially for that purpose.
  • The latter is a medical device manufacturer specializing in proprietary OEM products and private-label fluid disposables.



Pronunciation: /dəˌspōzəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • ‘The disposability of music? ‘he frowns, ‘I don't know about that.
  • Over 85 percent of the factories are American owned, and employ primarily women because of their perceived docility, dexterity and disposability.
  • If we want to see where the disposability of ‘insignificant’ people leads us we need only look back to the stern lessons of 20th century Europe.

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Syllabification: dis·pos·a·ble

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