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Absolutely necessary:‘he made himself indispensable to the parish priest’
essential, crucial, necessary, key, vital, needed, required, called for, requisite, important, all-important, vitally important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, compulsory, obligatory, compelling, urgent, pressing, burning, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequentialView synonyms
- ‘In short, as a guide to the new enemies of the left the book is absolutely indispensable.’
- ‘Absolutely indispensable, it is a must purchase for anyone interested in house or soul music.’
- ‘But protection from those whose direct intention is to kill the innocent is also indispensable.’
- ‘Yet what makes this set truly indispensable is its array of extras.’
- ‘The horse is an indispensable character to most stories of Chinese warriors.’
- ‘As the UN turns sixty, the organisation is not irrelevant but indispensable.’
- ‘For this reason, she did not have high status although she was indispensable.’
- ‘In the former case, this allowed the United States to make itself indispensable.’
- ‘But undoubtedly the agencies play an indispensable part in ensuring the survival of a people.’
- ‘The indispensable and vital elements of each and every conversion are made explicit in the experience of the dying thief.’
- ‘After a night's sleep the news is as indispensable as the breakfast.’
- ‘So all kinds of managers see the brand as indispensable, benign magic.’
- ‘Israel is absolutely indispensable to the Jewish identity of American Jews.’
- ‘Greater equality is a moral imperative and an indispensable element in the battle to eliminate poverty.’
- ‘Time will tell, in the meantime, this is an indispensable account of the most vital saga in modern music.’
- ‘But there is an indispensable European dimension to national reform policies.’
- ‘Thus they became, in effect, extensions of the host itself - as indispensable as a vital organ.’
- ‘They are indispensable only to themselves and their un-argued political careers.’
- ‘This has made the need for computer literacy among the masses indispensable.’
- ‘Necessary in a democratic society does not mean indispensable; nor does it mean desirable.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘not to be allowed or provided for by ecclesiastical dispensation’): from medieval Latin indispensabilis, from in- not + dispensabilis (see dispensable).
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