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dispensable

[dih-spen-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being dispensed with or done without; not necessary or essential.
  2. capable of being dispensed or administered: The money is not dispensable at present.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. capable of being permitted or forgiven, as an offense or sin.
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Origin of dispensable

1525–35; < Medieval Latin dispēnsābilis, equivalent to Latin dispēns(āre) to distribute by weight (see dispense) + -ābilis -able
Related formsdis·pen·sa·bil·i·ty, dis·pen·sa·ble·ness, nounnon·dis·pens·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·pen·sa·ble, adjective

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1. expendable, unnecessary; unessential, unimportant, extraneous.
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British Dictionary definitions for dispensability

dispensable

adjective
  1. not essential; expendable
  2. capable of being distributed
  3. (of a law, vow, etc) able to be relaxed
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Derived Formsdispensability or dispensableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dispensability

dispensable

adj.

1530s, "subject to dispensation," from Medieval Latin dispensabilis, from dispensare (see dispense). Meaning "that can be done without" is from 1640s. Related: Dispensability.

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dispensability in Medicine

dispensable

(dĭ-spĕnsə-bəl)
adj.
  1. Capable of being dispensed, administered, or distributed. Used of a drug.
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