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[ UK /ˌɪndɪspˈɛnsəbə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəɫ/ ]
  1. not to be dispensed with; essential
    foods indispensable to good nutrition
  2. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
    funds essential to the completion of the project
    an indispensable worker
    essential tools and materials
  3. unavoidable
    the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state
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How To Use indispensable In A Sentence

  • The congress believes that the excavation of an interoceanic canal at sea level, so desirable in the interests of commerce and navigation, is feasible; and that, in order to take advantage of the indispensable facilities for access and operation which a channel of this kind must offer above all, this canal should extend from the Gulf of Limon to the Bay of Panama. The Path Between the Seas
  • And because tools were indispensable, they argued that capital was indispensable. Property and Prophets: The Evolution of Economic Institutions and Ideologies
  • The essential and indispensable element of the nucleus is called nuclein (or caryoplasm); that of the cell body is called plastin (or cytoplasm). The Evolution of Man — Volume 1
  • The doctor, according to very accurate calculations, found that, including the articles indispensable to his journey and his apparatus, he should have to carry a weight of 4,000 pounds; therefore he had to find out what would be the ascensional force of Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • The abstract ideas of which the air consists, indispensable for life, but irrespirable by themselves, as it were, and only active in their re-directing function. Pragmatism
  • America is still the indispensable nation. Times, Sunday Times
  • French language (a thing indispensable to the happiness of married life), piano-playing (a thing wherewith to beguile a husband’s leisure moments), and that particular department of housewifery which is comprised in the knitting of purses and other Dead Souls
  • Digital scan converter (DSC) is an indispensable part in the display equipment of radar, biomedical ultra sound detector, sonar, electronic surface analyzer.
  • For they have become the indispensable actor in world affairs. Times, Sunday Times
  • Film has proved itself an indispensable Global English word, even where it no longer has anything to do with films, or “coatings” of light-sensitive emulsions applied to plastic, or coatings of any kind. The English Is Coming!
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