I am trying to find a laconic and "ringy" synonym for the word "multi-use" or "reusable". The word needs to be an adjective. To give you an idea of the context, think of a sheet of paper on which one can write, then erase what was written and then write again. It is this property that I am wanting to capture with the word.

Added from comments:

I feel like the word re-useable carries too generic of a meaning. I would like something related to writing, paper, sheets, etc., if it is possible. Think "emptyable" or something like that. I am trying to zero in on the erasability property. I … feel like there is something better than "eraseable" or "erasable".

Edit (Providing an example of intended usage): "The notebook, filled with ____ pages, was paradisiacal for a detail-obsessed and correction-prone writer."

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    perhaps you could also tell us why words like “reusable” are no good. It seems to have exactly the meaning you’re looking for.
    – Jim
    Jun 4, 2017 at 20:26
  • I feel like the word re-useable carries too generic of a meaning. I would like something related to writing, paper, sheets, etc if it is possible. :-) Jun 4, 2017 at 20:31
  • eraseable implies re-use.
    – Jim
    Jun 4, 2017 at 20:32
  • I am not saying that it does not. I just feel like there is something better than that. Jun 4, 2017 at 20:41
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    Surely, palimpsest :)
    – Spagirl
    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:53

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Perhaps Versatile
1. Capable of doing many things competently. 2. Having varied uses or serving many functions:
"The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato" (Craig Claiborne). 3. Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
4. Biology Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the loosely attached anthers of certain flowers.





able to be wiped
Collins English Dictionary

The term is used to describe whiteboards, where the ink from the dry erase markers can be wiped, leaving the whiteboard clean and ready to reuse. Here's a patent describing an eraser for a "wipeable marker medium."

The connector surface is engagable with an end of the dry erase marker which is opposite a dispenser for the wipeable marker medium.
Combination support and eraser for a dry erase marker US 5957603 A


ever-use would be a coined term that might get at what you're hoping. Others might be "ever-write", or "ever-sheet", or "ever-blank" . (or as the OP brought up in a comment based on this "ever" suggestion, perhaps "ever-use page" or even, in a coined way, "ever-page".) Then there is also the famous "ever-lastin

Or, perhaps ever alone

This is more of a coined term...maybe even a made up word, although I do believe you are permitted to form a compound adjective verb combo to create a new adjective. The Oxford dictionary gives an example(last one) of that use

Ever from Oxford Living Dictionaries

2) At all times; always.

‘ever the man of action, he was impatient with intellectuals’

‘caravan holidays remain as popular as ever’

emphasized text‘they lived happily ever after’

in combination : ‘he toyed with his ever-present cigar’


Not sure why I didn't think of it before but, in the same vein, there is also

everlasting from Oxford Living Dictionaries

Lasting forever or a very long time.

‘the damned would suffer everlasting torment’

‘an everlasting reminder of this evening’

There was the famous "everlasting gobstopper" in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • I like it :-) were you thinking "ever-use page" or "ever-page"? Jun 5, 2017 at 15:47
  • Yes, I included a few examples...didn't list ever-page, but sure I could put in "ever-page" .. I stopped after a few but I was suggesting that many could be possible and figured you'd know what you wanted to emphasize in terms of where it would be applied.
    – Tom22
    Jun 5, 2017 at 15:52

Perhaps you could borrow a term from optical disc technology — “rewritable.”  Or, in the same vein, “multi-write,” “refreshable” or “renewable.”

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