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 dispensable (audio) \ noun

Examples of dispensable in a Sentence

Computers have made typewriters dispensable. Do you consider any of the staff to be dispensable?
Recent Examples on the Web This dreamy oil is solid up to a temperature of 88 degrees Farenheit and comes in an easily dispensable and (recyclable) aluminum tube. Bea Mcmonagle, Forbes, 28 June 2021 If these companies are meeting their financial targets, I&D goals become negotiable and dispensable. Kumar Parakala, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In some cases, antibodies might be almost entirely dispensable, as long as there are other immune defenders to fill the void. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 How the red twos can be either dispensable or invaluable, depending on what city the game is being played in. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021 And who's dispensable — the mentally ill, poor, homeless, immigrants, elderly? Star Tribune, 22 Dec. 2020 The statement is uttered primarily in contexts in which Black lives clearly do not matter, otherwise they would not be treated as so dispensable. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 Time and time again we are reminded whose lives are valued and whose are deemed dispensable in this country. Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 There is nothing like a deadly pandemic to remind us that these qualities are not dispensable in a president. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dispensable

1649, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispensable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispensable. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispensable

: not necessary or required

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