indispensable

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

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indispensable (comparative more indispensable, superlative most 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, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion[1]:
      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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indispensable m, f (masculine and feminine plural indispensables)

  1. indispensable

French[edit]

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indispensable (masculine and feminine, plural indispensables)

  1. indispensable

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Spanish[edit]

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indispensable m, f (plural indispensables)

  1. indispensable