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Definition of "consumable" [con•sum•a•ble]

  • That can be consumed: consumable energy. (adjective)
  • That may be depleted or worn out by use: consumable paper products. (adjective)
  • A consumable good or service: supplies of food, fuel, spare parts, and other consumables. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consumable" in a sentence
  • "Video games and movies are technologically costly to put on the ‘net in consumable form."
  • "Amid massive U.S. job losses, business bankruptcies and other misery, H-P's so-called consumable sales plunged 7.2% in the fiscal first quarter, one reason H-P missed Wall Street's revenue estimates by $3 billion, or 10%."
  • "For those types of spending that can be described as consumable services or transfers, the U.S. experience has been, and continues to be, that immigrants pay for themselves."
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