Definition of indispensable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪndɪˈspɛnsəb(ə)l/


Absolutely necessary: he made himself indispensable to the parish priest
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  • Absolutely indispensable, it is a must purchase for anyone interested in house or soul music.
  • Israel is absolutely indispensable to the Jewish identity of American Jews.
  • In short, as a guide to the new enemies of the left the book is absolutely indispensable.
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



Pronunciation: /ɪndɪspɛnsəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • There's this desperate need to insist not only on France's relevance in an era dominated by Germany, but France's indispensability.
  • That determination - along with his indispensability - is what ensures he will be available when the business end of the tour comes around.
  • One kid always used to tag along, unwanted, made fun of, yet somehow of greater indispensability than any of the rest of us.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəblnəs/
Example sentences
  • Her work has none of the emotional intensity with which partisans of certain colonies or races demonstrate their indispensableness to the patriot cause.
  • Having said all that, Sue’s being uncharacteristically nice to me, but I’m putting that down to my temporary indispensableness (it is a real word, honestly.)


Pronunciation: /ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəbli/
Example sentences
  • She argues that, whatever else marriage is about, ultimately and indispensably it's about ‘the underlying dynamic of male-female sexuality.’
  • Nonetheless, preaching indispensably correlates ‘human experience in its depths with the biblical word of God,’ thus ‘linking anamnesis with mimesis.’
  • What I have found is that the two elements of our work - development and advocacy - complement each other indispensably.


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).

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