- 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
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1. needed. See necessary.
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Examples from the Web for indispensable
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It would seem that for the first of these duties they are indispensable.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
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To effect this object, an alteration of the French frontier is indispensable.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
An equipage, indeed, is the one indispensable luxury of Rome.
There are all sorts of indispensable formalities to be observed.
- absolutely necessary; essential
- not to be disregarded or escapedan indispensable role
- an indispensable person or thing
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Word Origin and History for indispensable
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