Red and blue are to color as disposable and reusable are to __________
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You might consider "reusability", if nothing better is forthcoming. Low reusability would describe the attribute of "disposable".
reusability - noun: the state or quality of being reusable
Consider "durability", which is defined by Merriam-Webster as
staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time
Indeed, consumer goods that are meant to be reused over a relatively long period of time are called durable goods in economic jargon.
No, there isn't, nor anything like it.
While some disposable items are in fact reusable - eg, batteries or paper cups - that is no more a useful or meaningful fact than that all resuable items are disposable.
That which is classified by its makers and distributors and sellers and buyers and users as disposable is, so far as it could matter, meant not to be re-used.
That which is classified by its makers and distributors and sellers and buyers and users as reusable is, so far as it could matter, meant not to be disposed; not lightly, anyway.
If you really want to find meaning in a comparison like "Red and blue are to color as disposable and reusable are to __________" then why not try "to things"?
How about usable?
Red and blue are to color as disposable and reusable are to usable.
Red and blue are both colors. Objects that are disposable and objects that are reusable are both usable -- the former once [or perhaps several times, as per Kys's example of a paper (or plastic) cup], the latter an unlimited number of times (for the purpose of answering your question).
usable: capable of being used
disposable: designed to be used once and then thrown away
reusable: capable of being used again or repeatedly
These definitions support usable as a solid answer. What disposable and reusable objects have in common is that they are all usable. The number of uses is all that varies.
Instead of the adjective usable, you could use the noun usability, which would parallel the use of the noun color in your example.
usability: capable of being used
Consider usage [MWD]
- the act of using something
- the way that something is used
- the amount of something that is used
I would think "waste" makes sense here.
Waste is the common factor in both disposable and reusable. You generally re-use something that has already been used and would otherwise be discarded (waste). And something that is disposable is again disposed of after use (waste).
I'd say: red OR blue is to color as disposable OR reusable is to batteries.
Objects are not usually disposable AND reusable. They are disposable OR reusable.
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