[ in-di-spen-suh-buhl ]
/ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM indispensable

in·dis·pen·sa·bil·i·ty, in·dis·pen·sa·ble·ness, nounin·dis·pen·sa·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for indispensable

/ (ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl) /


absolutely necessary; essential
not to be disregarded or escapedan indispensable role


an indispensable person or thing

Derived forms of indispensable

indispensability or indispensableness, nounindispensably, adverb
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