• (British) IPA: /ɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl/


  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.
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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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