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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If reporting evidence of war crimes brought no consequences for the criminals, then truth had lost its value and journalists had become dispensable. The New York Review of Books, "Muhammad Idrees Ahmad," 10 June 2019 American investors became dispensable, and thus vulnerable to expropriation. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 The instrument for getting rid of the dispensable farmers has been uncontrolled production. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky dairy farmers face devastation as milk market runs dry," 23 May 2018 Replacing Patterson will send a message to millions of Southern Baptist women that their bodies are not dispensable and that their valid concerns have been heard loudly and clearly. Jonathan Merritt, Washington Post, "In a #Metoo moment, will Southern Baptists hold powerful men accountable?," 30 Apr. 2018 The result is a contrast to The Walking Dead, which often uses a convenient shorthand to mark members of the group as seemingly dispensable, or gives them only a single characteristic to play, before killing them off. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 The T cells wipe out all of the patient’s B cells — normal as well as cancerous — but B cells are dispensable. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Cracking the cancer code: Can immune therapy treat tumors?," 5 Apr. 2018 That could mean that the Croatian is considered dispensable, and United may be a favourable destination. SI.com, "Man Utd Identify Barcelona Midfielder as 'Missing Link' Ahead of Potential Summer Bid," 4 Mar. 2018 The problem comes when the professors and their ilk actually dare to continue the argument to its logical conclusion, suggesting that infants and many handicapped people are dispensable by the same standard of utility. Mene Ukueberuwa, National Review, "Only Pro-Lifers Address Abortion’s Core Moral Question," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dispensable

1649, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2019

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The first known use of dispensable was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of dispensable

: not necessary or required

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