[ in-di-spen-suh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: indispensableindispensabilityindispensably on

  1. absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite: an indispensable member of the staff.

  2. incapable of being disregarded or neglected: an indispensable obligation.

  1. a person or thing that is indispensable.

Origin of indispensable

First recorded in 1525–35; from Medieval Latin indispēnsābilis “not subject to dispensation.” See in-3, dispensable

synonym study For indispensable

1. See necessary.

Other words for indispensable

Other words from indispensable

  • in·dis·pen·sa·bil·i·ty, in·dis·pen·sa·ble·ness, noun
  • in·dis·pen·sa·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use indispensable in a sentence

  • 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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  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for indispensable


/ (ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl) /

  1. absolutely necessary; essential

  2. not to be disregarded or escaped: an indispensable role

  1. an indispensable person or thing

Derived forms of indispensable

  • indispensability or indispensableness, noun
  • indispensably, adverb

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