indispensable

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

Definition of indispensable 

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

2 : absolutely necessary : essential an indispensable member of the staff

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Other Words from indispensable

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

Examples of indispensable in a Sentence

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

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Local papers are indispensable in uncovering corruption in government. Steve Forbes, WSJ, "Trump’s Newsprint Tariff Is a Tax on America’s Free Press," 28 June 2018 Everyone now understands that internet access is indispensable infrastructure for the 21st century economy. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Net Neutrality Is Just a Gateway to the Real Issue: Internet Freedom," 18 May 2018 This isn’t the first time Ryanair has been in trouble with some of its most indispensable employees. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Ryanair Pilots Strike, Causing Cancelations Just as Tourist Season Takes Off," 12 July 2018 Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognizable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "Steve Ditko, 90, Spider-Man cocreator," 7 July 2018 Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognizable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. Karen Matthews And Eric Dalton, chicagotribune.com, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 7 July 2018 Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognizable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. Karen Matthews, Fox News, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 6 July 2018 The Lions, as mentioned, have depth on the interior line, but Glasgow has proven to be one of their most indispensable players. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions 2018 most important: No. 13 Graham Glasgow, center stage," 5 July 2018 This exhibition at the ICA LA looks at the work of one of those indispensable assistants: Norm Laich, who has helped produce iconic works for a range of Los Angeles artists, including Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy and Barbara Kruger. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of indispensable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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indispensable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indispensable

: extremely important and necessary

indispensable

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

Kids Definition of indispensable

: extremely important or necessary : essential indispensable workers

indispensable

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

Legal Definition of indispensable 

: 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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