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

Definition of indispensable

1 : absolutely necessary : essential an indispensable member of the staff
2 : not subject to being set aside or neglected an indispensable obligation

Other Words from indispensable

indispensability \ ˌin-​di-​ˌspen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \ noun
indispensable noun
indispensableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈspen(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \ noun
indispensably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈspen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Many stay plugged in during their vacations, feeling the pressure of being indispensable. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 At a time when most consumers are perhaps thinking for the first time about the intricacies of the supply chain, Mr. Buck notes that river traffic is still indispensable. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 28 July 2022 This is where visceral sensitivity to one’s environment is indispensable—whether that’s a person, process, part of nature or a whole Zeitgeist. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 2 July 2022 Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, must conclude whether the 25-year-old Smith is indispensable or merely the best young player on a declining defense. Phil Rogers, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Netflix was once indispensable, but as other services have picked up their game, Netflix suddenly doesn’t look quite as vital. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 June 2022 In 2008, Netanyahu introduced Finkelstein to his friend Orbán; Finkelstein became so indispensable that Orbán reportedly came to refer to him, dotingly, as Finkie. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 By further integrating financial services such as BNPL into the iPhone, which still accounts for slightly more than half of the company’s $365.8 billion in sales last fiscal year, Apple could make the hardware all-the-more indispensable. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 7 June 2022 Previously it was allowed only for soldiers deemed indispensable by the secretary of the Army. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indispensable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Indispensable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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in·​dis·​pens·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈspen-sə-bəl How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indispensable

: extremely important or necessary : essential indispensable workers


in·​dis·​pen·​sa·​ble | \ ˌin-di-ˈspen-sə-bəl How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \

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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