indispensable etymology

English word indispensable comes from English in-, English dispensable

Detailed word origin of indispensable

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
in- English (eng) In, into (non-productive) Added to adjectives to mean not. (non-productive) Added to nouns to mean lacking or without. (non-productive) Used with certain words to reverse their meaning In, into, towards, within.
dispensable English (eng) (biochemistry, nutrition, of an amino acid) Not essential to be taken in as part of an organism's diet, as it can be synthesized de novo.. (of a law, rule, vow, etc.) Subject to dispensation; possible to relax, exempt from, or annul.. Able to be done without; able to be expended; easily replaced.. Capable of being dispensed; distributable.
indispensabilis Malayalam (mal)
indispensable Middle French (frm)
indispensable English (eng) (ecclesiastical, obsolete) Not admitting ecclesiastical dispensation; not subject to release or exemption; that cannot be allowed by bending the canonical rules. [16th-17th c.]. (of duties, rules etc.) Unbendable, that cannot be set aside or ignored. [from 17th c.]. Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without. [from 17th c.] (in the plural, colloquial, dated) Trousers. [...]

Words with the same origin as indispensable

Descendants of in-
immoral impound inappropriate inaudible incapable incomprehensible inexperienced informal informed inhuman inland insecure insensitive insignificant inspector invalid invaluable irrelevant irresistible irresponsible