indispensable

adjective
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

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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 That Blackberry was indispensable to me in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which makes my point. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 Fruit flies have been indispensable to the analysis of genetics, having starred in more than 100,000 scientific studies. Howard Schneider, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Fair Fight was indispensable to turning Georgia blue. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 In less than two decades, Facebook has become indispensable to hundreds of thousands of businesses, nonprofits and political groups. Zenger News, Forbes, 24 May 2021 On one side is the view that ICBMs are indispensable to the strategy for deterring any adversary from attempting a nuclear attack upon the United States or its allies. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 On one side is the view that ICBMs are indispensable to the strategy for deterring any adversary from attempting a nuclear attack upon the United States or its allies. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2021 As the quotation from Justice Harlan above says, such privacy is indispensable to the preservation of freedom of association. Andrew Langer, National Review, 10 May 2021 An American president can inspire an insurrection, and social media was indispensable to his treacherous aims. David French, Time, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of indispensable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of indispensable was in 1653

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19 Jun 2021

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“Indispensable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indispensable. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce indispensable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indispensable

: extremely important or necessary : essential indispensable workers

indispensable

adjective
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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