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

  • Relying on their indispensability, they quietly erected a synagogue in about 1626.

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

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

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

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

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

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • But now that I have learned the indispensability of physical labor, both hard and artisan labor, the result is entirely different.

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

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for indispensability

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 indispensability
n.

1640s, from indispensable + -ity.

indispensable

adj.

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

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