Definition of indispensable in English:


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  • Absolutely necessary.

    ‘he made himself indispensable to the parish priest’
    • ‘Absolutely indispensable, it is a must purchase for anyone interested in house or soul music.’
    • ‘In short, as a guide to the new enemies of the left the book is absolutely indispensable.’
    • ‘Greater equality is a moral imperative and an indispensable element in the battle to eliminate poverty.’
    • ‘The indispensable and vital elements of each and every conversion are made explicit in the experience of the dying thief.’
    • ‘Thus they became, in effect, extensions of the host itself - as indispensable as a vital organ.’
    • ‘Time will tell, in the meantime, this is an indispensable account of the most vital saga in modern music.’
    • ‘Necessary in a democratic society does not mean indispensable; nor does it mean desirable.’
    • ‘They are indispensable only to themselves and their un-argued political careers.’
    • ‘The horse is an indispensable character to most stories of Chinese warriors.’
    • ‘But there is an indispensable European dimension to national reform policies.’
    • ‘For this reason, she did not have high status although she was indispensable.’
    • ‘This has made the need for computer literacy among the masses indispensable.’
    • ‘But protection from those whose direct intention is to kill the innocent is also indispensable.’
    • ‘After a night's sleep the news is as indispensable as the breakfast.’
    • ‘As the UN turns sixty, the organisation is not irrelevant but indispensable.’
    • ‘In the former case, this allowed the United States to make itself indispensable.’
    • ‘Yet what makes this set truly indispensable is its array of extras.’
    • ‘But undoubtedly the agencies play an indispensable part in ensuring the survival of a people.’
    • ‘So all kinds of managers see the brand as indispensable, benign magic.’
    essential, crucial, necessary, key, vital, needed, required, called for, requisite, important, all-important, vitally important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory, compelling, urgent, pressing, burning, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
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/ˌindəˈspensəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪndəˈspɛnsəb(ə)l/


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘not to be allowed or provided for by ecclesiastical dispensation’): from medieval Latin indispensabilis, from in- ‘not’ + dispensabilis (see dispensable).