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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
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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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.

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