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 Still, Cardenas, a Brandeis product, proved to be indispensable as a blocker, punishing opponents with his 6-foot-4, 275-pound build. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 13 May 2022 Since joining Steve Kerr’s staff before the 2016-17 season, Brown has been indispensable as a tactician and planner. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2022 The presence of a WGI community within the IPCC, providing this basis, remains indispensable for Working Groups II and III to fulfill their tasks. Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 For years, BlackBerry was top of the totem pole for personal technology, indispensable to politicians, celebrities and professionals alike. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Jan. 2022 For years, BlackBerry was top of the totem pole for personal technology, indispensable to politicians, celebrities and professionals alike. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 As Lincoln understood, the work of democracy at home is indispensable to the work of peace abroad. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Finance is indispensable to the achievement of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which address issues from climate change to inequality. Hiro Mizuno, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 While Taiwan's role as a leading semiconductor hub may be indispensable to the world right now, experts believe there are challenges for the island to keep up its advantage. Eric Cheung, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indispensable

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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26 May 2022

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“Indispensable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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