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 As an indispensable tool of international business and diplomacy, such documents were considered sacrosanct. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Not of Black people on Twitter but of #BlackTwitter — the community of millions that figured out how to turn a nascent social media platform into an indispensable tool for real-world activism, political power and change. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Whether on the court or in the depths of the sea, precision is key—and endurance indispensable. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 28 Aug. 2022 To make the scheme fiscally tenable, caps on graduate borrowing are indispensable. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 For these reasons, physical retail will remain ubiquitous and indispensable. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, 18 July 2022 And yet, the 79-year-old Vermont senator has become a key voice in the Biden administration: called upon, consulted and indispensable in keeping the liberal Democratic flock in line. Ashley Semler, CNN, 8 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of indispensable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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23 Sep 2022

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“Indispensable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 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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