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indispensable

[in-di-spen-suh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈspɛn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite:
an indispensable member of the staff.
2.
incapable of being disregarded or neglected:
an indispensable obligation.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is indispensable.
Origin of indispensable
1525-1535
1525-35; < Medieval Latin indispēnsābilis not subject to dispensation. See in-3, dispensable
Related forms
indispensability, indispensableness, noun
indispensably, adverb
Synonyms
1. needed. See necessary.
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  • He may cease to regard exactness as indispensable, as it always is.

  • On Wednesday, moreover, your presence is indispensable to me.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable.

  • Such a regiment is indispensable with this brigade at this time.

  • And more than ever the triumphant bourgeoisie saw that religion was indispensable to the people.

    God and the State Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
British Dictionary definitions for indispensable

indispensable

/ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
absolutely necessary; essential
2.
not to be disregarded or escaped: an indispensable role
noun
3.
an indispensable person or thing
Derived Forms
indispensability, indispensableness, noun
indispensably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indispensable
adj.

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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