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dispensable

[dih-spen-suh-buh l] /dɪˈspɛn sə bəl/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Medieval Latin dispēnsābilis, equivalent to Latin dispēns(āre) to distribute by weight (see dispense) + -ābilis -able
Related forms
dispensability, dispensableness, noun
nondispensable, adjective
undispensable, adjective
Synonyms
1. expendable, unnecessary; unessential, unimportant, extraneous.
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British Dictionary definitions for un dispensable

dispensable

/dɪˈspɛnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
not essential; expendable
2.
capable of being distributed
3.
(of a law, vow, etc) able to be relaxed
Derived Forms
dispensability, dispensableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un dispensable

dispensable

adj.

1530s, "subject to dispensation," from Medieval Latin dispensabilis, from dispensare (see dispense). Meaning "that can be done without" is from 1640s. Related: Dispensability.

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un dispensable in Medicine

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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