expendable vs spendable what difference

what is difference between expendable and spendable



expend +‎ -able


expendable (comparative more expendable, superlative most expendable)

  1. Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.
    Oil and other expendable resources are frequently the subject of military disputes.
  2. Designed for a single use; not reusable.
    The anti-aircraft rocket is fired from an expendable launch platform.
  3. Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.
    The research department was deemed expendable, and its funding was not renewed.
  4. Regarded as not worth preserving or saving; able to be sacrificed.


  • (not inexhaustible): exhaustible, finite, limited
  • (not reusable): dispensable, disposable, throwaway
  • (not essential or mandatory): adjunct, dispensable, redundant, superfluous
  • (not worth saving or preserving): collateral, inconsiderable, sacrificable, worthless



expendable (plural expendables)

  1. An expendable person or object; usually used in the plural.
    Private Johnson was afraid the Lieutenant considered him an expendable, since he was always picked as point man.

Derived terms

  • expendability
  • expendably




spend +‎ -able


spendable (comparative more spendable, superlative most spendable)

  1. Capable of being spent.
    Even though there is a lot of money in the treasury, some of it has to be kept for next year, so only part of it is spendable.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 28, p. 183,[1]
      He had told me once that “all knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market.”

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