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indispensable adj
1 not to be dispensed with; essential; "foods indispensable to good nutrition" [ant: dispensable]
2 absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker" [syn: essential]
3 unavoidable; "the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state"

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in- not + dispensable: compare French indispensable


  1. Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite.
  2. In the context of "ecclesiastical": Not admitting dispensation; not subject to release or exemption.
    The law was moral and indispensable. -Bp. Burnet
  3. : Unavoidable; inevitable.




  1. indispensable

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