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[in-di-spen-suh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈspɛn sə bəl/
absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite:
an indispensable member of the staff.
incapable of being disregarded or neglected:
an indispensable obligation.
a person or thing that is indispensable.
Origin of indispensable
First recorded in 1525-35, indispensable is from the Medieval Latin word indispēnsābilis not subject to dispensation. See in-3, dispensable
Related forms
indispensability, indispensableness, noun
indispensably, adverb
1. needed. See necessary. Unabridged
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  • Relying on their indispensability, they quietly erected a synagogue in about 1626.

  • Foremost in importance, in indispensability, among her duties are these Sunday ones.

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  • I have nothing to do with its possibility, but only with its indispensability.

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  • By consequence, it is evident that supreme trial is an indispensability to the best development of either individuals or nations.

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  • When will some profound writer give us an essay on the indispensability of the Superfluous?

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  • It has thoroughly established its rights to existence and its indispensability as a religious force and influence.

  • Bors resisted the idea, but it was not sensible to humor his own vanity by insisting on his indispensability.

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  • But now that I have learned the indispensability of physical labor, both hard and artisan labor, the result is entirely different.

  • Perhaps it was a shock to his valuation of his own indispensability to find everything in proper form at the post.

British Dictionary definitions for indispensability


absolutely necessary; essential
not to be disregarded or escaped: an indispensable role
an indispensable person or thing
Derived Forms
indispensability, indispensableness, noun
indispensably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indispensability

1640s, from indispensable + -ity.



1530s, from Medieval Latin indispensabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + dispensabilis (see dispensable). Related: Indispensably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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