• IPA: /dɪsˈpɛnsəbəl/, [dɪsˈpʰɛnsəbɫ̩], [-bəɫ]


  1. Able to be done without; able to be expended; easily replaced.
  2. Capable of being dispensed; distributable.
    • 2006, Pamela Lewis, Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers, Jessica Kingsley Publsihers (2006), ISBN 9781843108092, page 132 ↗:
      The reward could be a preferred food, a sticker, blowing some bubbles, a noisemaker the child enjoys, a pat on the back, or some other easily dispensable reward that does not take the child away from the task at hand for more than a moment or two.
  3. (of a law, rule, vow, etc.) Subject to dispensation; possible to relax, exempt from, or annul.
  4. (biochemistry, nutrition, of an amino acid) Not essential to be taken in as part of an organism's diet, as it can be synthesized de novo.
    • 2008, Marie Dunford & J. Andrew Doyle, Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Thomson Wadsworth (2008), ISBN 9780495014836, page 161 ↗:
      The difference in absorption rate is not surprising since whey has a high percentage of indispensable amino acids, which are absorbed more rapidly than dispensable amino acids.
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