Indispensable is a strong adjective for something that you couldn't do without. If you have asthma and you're packing for summer vacation, your inhaler is indispensable, unless you enjoy gasping on the beach.


Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite.

Adjective S.
unavoidable; "the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state"

not to be dispensed with; essential; "foods indispensable to good nutrition"

Adjective S.
absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker"

Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite.

Not admitting dispensation; not subject to release or exemption.

Unavoidable; inevitable.


In`dis*pen"sa*ble , a. [Pref. in- not + dispensable: cf. F. indispensable.] 1. Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite. 2. (Eccl.) Not admitting dispensation; not subject to release or exemption. [R.]
The law was moral and indispensable.
3. Unavoidable; inevitable. [Obs.] Fuller.

Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite.


Usage Examples

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don't cost much to be housed.

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.

For the record, I believe elected officials should talk about faith. Our founders believed the moral principles of faith were indispensable to our nation's survival. The Declaration of Independence mentions God four times.

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.

If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.

One can decide that the principal role of knowledge is as an indispensable element in the functioning of society, and act in accordance with that decision, only if one has already decided that society is a giant machine.

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Other Usage Examples

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.

Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism.

Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.

'Charm' - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.

Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.

Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.

I don't think success is harmful, as so many people say. Rather, I believe it indispensable to talent, if for nothing else than to increase the talent.


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