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  1. An expendable person or object; usually used in the plural.
Private Johnson was afraid the Lieutenant considered him an , since he was always picked as point man.
  1. Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.
Oil and other resources are frequently the subject of military disputes.
  1. Designed for a single use; not reusable.
The anti-aircraft rocket is fired from an launch platform.
  1. Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.
The research department was deemed , and its funding was not renewed.
  1. That which is regarded as not worth preserve, preserving or saving; able to be sacrificed.
In the internecine rivalries of large corporations, whole departments may become in the execution of one executive's power play.
    Etymology: From Latin expendere + -able

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