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indispensable

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adjective in·dis·pens·able \ˌin-di-ˈspen(t)-sə-bəl\

Simple Definition of indispensable

  • : extremely important and necessary

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of indispensable

  1. 1 :  not subject to being set aside or neglected <an indispensable obligation>

  2. 2 :  absolutely necessary :  essential <an indispensable member of the staff>

indispensability play \-ˌspen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
indispensable noun
indispensableness play \-ˈspen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun
indispensably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of indispensable in a sentence

  1. <fully aware that he was an indispensable assistant, he decided that it was high time that he be paid what he was worth>



1653

First Known Use of indispensable

1653


INDISPENSABLE Defined for Kids

indispensable

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adjective in·dis·pens·able \ˌin-di-ˈspen-sə-bəl\

Definition of indispensable for Students

  1. :  extremely important or necessary :  essential <indispensable workers>




Law Dictionary

indispensable

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adjective in·dis·pen·sa·ble \ˌin-di-ˈspen-sə-bəl\

Legal Definition of indispensable

  1. :  having rights so connected to the claims of the parties to an action that the action cannot be adjudicated without affecting those rights — see also indispensable party at party





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