2. [syn: essential, indispensable]
- Example: "the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state"
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Indispensable \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. --Bp. Burnet.
3. Unavoidable; inevitable. [Obs.] --Fuller.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: not to be dispensed with; essential; "foods indispensable
to good nutrition" [ant: dispensable]
2: absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and
materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the
project"; "an indispensable worker" [syn: essential,
3: unavoidable; "the routine but indispensable ceremonies of
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "indispensable":
bare necessities, basic, bedrock, call for, called for, cardinal,
central, compelling, compulsory, crucial, demand, demand for,
demanded, desideration, desideratum, essential, essentials, focal,
fundamental, imperative, important, in demand, indicated,
ineluctable, inescapable, irreducible, irreductible, irreplaceable,
key, life-and-death, life-or-death, mandatory, material, must,
must item, necessaries, necessary, necessities, necessitous,
necessity, need, need for, needed, needful, obligatory, occasion,
of the essence, of vital importance, prerequirement, prerequisite,
required, requirement, requisite, requisition, sine qua non,
substantive, the necessary, the needful, unavoidable, unforgoable,
urgent, vital, want, wanted