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dispensable Line breaks: dis¦pens|able
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɛnsəb(ə)l/

Definition of dispensable in English:


1Able to be replaced or done without; superfluous: the captain’s loss of form made him dispensable
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  • 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.
unnecessary, unneeded, needless, not required, redundant, superfluous, surplus to requirements, gratuitous, uncalled for
1.1(Of a law or other rule) not mandatory but susceptible of being waived 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.


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



Pronunciation: /dɪspɛnsəˈbɪlɪti/
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.

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