indispensable (adj.) 1530s, from M.L. indispensabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + dispensabilis (see DISPENSABLE (Cf. dispensable)). Related: Indispensably.

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  • indispensable — [ ɛ̃dispɑ̃sabl ] adj. • 1585; de 1. in et dispenser 1 ♦ Vieilli Dont on ne peut se dispenser. ⇒ obligatoire, obligé. « Travailler est un devoir indispensable à l homme social » (Rousseau). 2 ♦ Par ext. (XVIIIe) Mod …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • indispensable — in·dis·pen·sa·ble /ˌin di spen sə bəl/ adj: having rights so connected to the claims of the parties to an action that the action cannot be adjudicated without affecting those rights see also indispensable party at party Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Indispensable — In dis*pen sa*ble, a. [Pref. in not + dispensable: cf. F. indispensable.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) Not admitting dispensation;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indispensable — adjetivo 1. Que es totalmente necesario o no puede ser dejado de lado por ser muy importante: Es indispensable que vengas a la reunión. Sinónimo: imprescindible …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • indispensable — Indispensable. adj. de tout genre dont on ne peut dispenser. Une loy, un devoir indispensable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • indispensable — [in΄di spen′sə bəl] adj. 1. that cannot be dispensed with or neglected 2. absolutely necessary or required n. an indispensable person or thing SYN. ESSENTIAL indispensability n. indispensably adv …   English World dictionary

  • indispensable — essential, necessary, requisite, *needful Analogous words: vital, cardinal, fundamental, *essential Antonyms: dispensable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • indispensable — is spelt able, not ible. See able, ible …   Modern English usage

  • indispensable — [adj] necessary basal, basic, cardinal, crucial, essential, fundamental, imperative, key, necessitous, needed, needful, prerequisite, primary, required, requisite, vital; concept 546 Ant. dispensable, needless, nonessential, redundant,… …   New thesaurus

  • indispensable — 1. adj. Que no se puede dispensar. 2. Que es necesario o muy aconsejable que suceda …   Diccionario de la lengua española