Definition of dispensable in English:

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dispensable

Pronunciation: /dəˈspensəb(ə)l/

adjective

1Able to be replaced or done without; superfluous: tiny battlefield robots will be cheap and dispensable
More example sentences
  • The fourth group can be characterized as the urban working class, most of whom are increasingly dispensable and replaceable; their diminished prospects cause them to be generally opposed to globalization.
  • If we could, the manuscripts would become unnecessary, dispensable.
  • We should not, however, assume from this that for Augustine-or for us-this parable is dispensable, a redundant repetition of a message that we already know from elsewhere.
Synonyms
expendable, disposable, replaceable, inessential, nonessential, noncore;
unnecessary, redundant, superfluous, surplus to requirements
1.1(Of a law or other rule) able to be relaxed in special cases.
Example sentences
  • And finally, would the government get to decide which red streams were necessary and which were dispensable?
  • Yet these aren't dispensable technicalities or bits of mere philosophical jargon; they're essential to any useful discussion of ethics.
  • But acquisition of a land title was often a dispensable technicality for those too poor to purchase one, or who were not inclined to do so because of the vastness of the land.

Derivatives

dispensability

Pronunciation: /-ˌpensəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Could we develop a biological guidance system with the compliance and dispensability of a pigeon but with a man's resourcefulness and ability to infiltrate plausibly?
  • It's the sense of disposability and dispensability of the population that's ongoing and that really irks me.
  • She explores the theme of dispensability - how only some lives are worth mourning, protecting, defending and discussing.

Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense 'permissible in special circumstances'): from medieval Latin dispensabilis, from Latin dispensare (see dispense).

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Syllabification: dis·pen·sa·ble

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