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INDISPENSABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indispensable mean? 

INDISPENSABLE (adjective)
  The adjective INDISPENSABLE has 3 senses:

1. not to be dispensed with; essential
2. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
3. unavoidable

  Familiarity information: INDISPENSABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDISPENSABLE (adjective)


Sense 1indispensable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not to be dispensed with; essential

Context example:

foods indispensable to good nutrition

Similar:

critical; vital (urgently needed; absolutely necessary)

Also:

necessary (absolutely essential)

Attribute:

dispensability; dispensableness (the quality possessed by something that you can get along without)

Antonym:

dispensable (capable of being dispensed with or done without)


Sense 2indispensable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

Synonyms:

essential; indispensable

Context examples:

essential tools and materials / funds essential to the completion of the project / an indispensable worker

Similar:

necessary (absolutely essential)


Sense 3indispensable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unavoidable

Context example:

the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state

Similar:

obligatory (morally or legally constraining or binding)


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