dis·​pens·​able | \ di-ˈspen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce dispensable (audio) \

Definition of dispensable

: capable of being dispensed with

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dispensability \ di-​ˌspen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dispensability (audio) \ noun

Examples of dispensable in a Sentence

Computers have made typewriters dispensable. Do you consider any of the staff to be dispensable?
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First Known Use of dispensable

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dispensable was in 1649

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“Dispensable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispensable. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispensable

: not necessary or required

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