Something disposable is not meant to last. It's OK to throw it out after you use it.

Disposable diapers are a good example of what the word disposable is all about: after the diaper is used, it goes straight into the trash, and you can't use it again. Something disposable is replaceable. If a boss decides an employee is disposable, that means the employee will probably be fired. As you can imagine, people don't like to feel disposable. Lots of people don't like products that are disposable either. Disposing of things just creates more garbage, which is bad for the environment. Usually, things that are recyclable are better.

Definitions of disposable
  1. noun
    an item that can be disposed of after it has been used
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    type of:
    a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection
  2. adjective
    designed to be disposed of after use
    disposable paper cups”
    intended to be thrown away after use
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    not designed to be thrown away after use
  3. adjective
    free or available for use or disposition
    “every disposable piece of equipment was sent to the fire”
    disposable assets”
    available, usable, useable
    convenient for use or disposal
    expendable, spendable
    (used of funds) remaining after taxes
    fluid, liquid
    in cash or easily convertible to cash
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    (of assets) unavailable for use
    not convertible to cash
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