nondispensable

dispensable

[dih-spen-suh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of being dispensed with or done without; not necessary or essential.
2.
capable of being dispensed or administered: The money is not dispensable at present.
3.
Roman Catholic Church. capable of being permitted or forgiven, as an offense or sin.

Origin:
1525–35; < Medieval Latin dispēnsābilis, equivalent to Latin dispēns(āre) to distribute by weight (see dispense) + -ābilis -able

dispensability, dispensableness, noun
nondispensable, adjective
undispensable, adjective


1. expendable, unnecessary; unessential, unimportant, extraneous.
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dispensable (dɪˈspɛnsəbəl)
 
adj
1.  not essential; expendable
2.  capable of being distributed
3.  (of a law, vow, etc) able to be relaxed
 
dispensa'bility
 
n
 
dis'pensableness
 
n

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dispensable
1530s, from M.L. dispensabilis, from dispensare (see dispense).
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dispensable dis·pen·sa·ble (dĭ-spěn'sə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being dispensed, administered, or distributed. Used of a drug.

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