• Indispensable

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl/

    Origin

    From Middle French indispensable, from Medieval Latin indispensabilis, corresponding to - + dispensable.

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    Adjective

    indispensable

    1. (ecclesiastical, obsolete) Not admitting ecclesiastical dispensation; not subject to release or exemption; that cannot be allowed by bending the canonical rules. 16th-17th c.
    2. (of duties, rules etc.) Unbendable, that cannot be set aside or ignored. from 17th c.The law was moral and indispensable. -Bp. Burnet
    3. Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without. from 17th c.An indispensable component of a heart-healthy diet.
      • 2006, w, Internal Combustion Chapter 2, But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal. This only magnified the indispensable nature of the oligopolists.

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    indispensable

    (plural indispensables)
    1. A thing that is not dispensable; a necessity. from 17th c.
    2. (in the plural, colloquial, dated) Trousers. from 19th c.----
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