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

Definition of indispensable

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

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

indispensability

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indispensable

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indispensableness

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indispensably

play \ˌin-di-ˈspen(t)-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of indispensable in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of indispensable

1653


INDISPENSABLE Defined for English Language Learners

indispensable

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Definition of indispensable for English Language Learners

  • : extremely important and necessary


INDISPENSABLE Defined for Kids

indispensable

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

Definition of indispensable for Students

  1. :  extremely important or necessary :  essential indispensable workers


Law Dictionary

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

Legal Definition of indispensable

  1. :  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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