Indispensable definition

ĭndĭ-spĕnsə-bəl
Absolutely necessary; essential.
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One that is indispensable.
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That cannot be omitted; absolutely necessary or required.
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Obligatory; unavoidable.

The routine but indispensable ceremonies of state.

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That cannot be dispensed with or neglected.
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An indispensable person or thing.
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(of duties, rules etc.) Unbendable, that cannot be set aside or ignored. [from 17th c.]

The law was moral and indispensable. -Bp. Burnet.

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Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without. [from 17th c.]

An indispensable component of a heart-healthy diet.

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A thing that is not dispensable; a necessity. [from 17th c.]
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(in the plural, colloquial, dated) Trousers. [from 19th c.]
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The definition of indispensable is essential or absolutely necessary.

When a part is needed to make a machine work, this is an example of when the part is indispensable.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
indispensable
Plural:
indispensables

Origin of indispensable

  • From Middle French indispensable, from Medieval Latin indispensabilis, corresponding to in- +‎ dispensable.

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