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Subject to decay, spoilage, or destruction.
pl.n. perishables
Items, especially foodstuffs, that are subject to decay or spoilage: placed the perishables in the freezer.

per′ish·a·bil′i·ty, per′ish·a·ble·ness n.
per′ish·a·bly adv.
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Noun1.perishability - unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being subject to decay or spoilage or destruction
unsatisfactoriness - the quality of being inadequate or unsuitable
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