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1. Absolutely necessary; essential.
2. Obligatory; unavoidable: the routine but indispensable ceremonies of state.
One that is indispensable.

in′dis·pens′a·bil′i·ty, in′dis·pens′a·ble·ness n.
in′dis·pens′a·bly adv.
Synonyms: indispensable, critical, essential, necessary, requisite
These adjectives apply to something that cannot be dispensed with: foods that are indispensable to good nutrition; education that is critical to success; funds essential to completing the project; the necessary tools for the job; lacking the requisite qualifications for the position.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indispensability - the quality possessed by something that you cannot possibly do without
essentiality, essentialness - basic importance
dispensability, dispensableness - the quality possessed by something that you can get along without
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nUnentbehrlichkeit f, → unbedingte Notwendigkeit (to für)
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In offering this little commentary to the Nietzsche student, I should like it to be understood that I make no claim as to its infallibility or indispensability. It represents but an attempt on my part--a very feeble one perhaps--to give the reader what little help I can in surmounting difficulties which a long study of Nietzsche's life and works has enabled me, partially I hope, to overcome.
Lewis Ferguson could probably do with playing fewer minutes at such a young age, but his workload is evidence of his indispensability. Funso Ojo, meanwhile, was acquired at some trouble and expense only a month ago and will thus be given every chance to nail down a place.
For those who are so work-oriented to the point of having indispensability complex, please remember that God, more often than not, works not so much because of us, but in spite of us.
RICE recognizes the indispensability of local inventors and innovators as contributors for national economic development by providing them encouragement through forms of cash rewards, certificates, and plaques.
With contributions from geographers, urban historians, and critical theorists, in addition to a lengthy colloquy with artist Ai Weiwei, "Letters to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City" completely affirms Kongjian Yu's indispensability to understanding the sustainable transformation of China's environmental and urban design legacy.
But his performance against sorry Bournemouth was a reminder to Arsenal fans of the indispensability of an in-form Ozil, and the manager must now decide whether the German starts ahead of his side's short trip to N17 to face Spurs on Saturday.
Sitting in jail in Bangalore in 1976, Advani warned, "The concept of a person's indispensability and democracy go ill together."
Launching the 'Quality Life-saving Medicines - A New Investment Strategy in India' today recognized the indispensability of industry involvement through social investment for the public health sector, while challenging all stakeholders to do more to ensure that the medicines that reach patients are of the quality necessary to save lives.
The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Lenn Eugene Nagbe, stresses indispensability of the media in Liberia to the survival of the State itself.
Chapter two comprises themes such as: Love as a political force; Solidarity and difference; Toward a humanizing education; The indispensability of the body.