Origin of dispensable
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1. expendable, unnecessary; unessential, unimportant, extraneous.
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- not essential; expendable
- capable of being distributed
- (of a law, vow, etc) able to be relaxed
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Word Origin and History for dispensability
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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- Capable of being dispensed, administered, or distributed. Used of a drug.
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