Definition of dispensable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈspensəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspensəbl//
[not usually before noun]
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not necessary; that can be got rid of They looked on music and art lessons as dispensable. opposite essential, indispensable Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘acceptable in special circumstances’): from medieval Latin dispensabilis, from Latin dispensare ‘continue to weigh out or disburse’, from the verb dispendere, based on pendere ‘weigh’.
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