/di spen"seuh beuhl/, adj.
1. capable of being dispensed with or done without; not necessary or essential.
2. capable of being dispensed or administered: The money is not dispensable at present.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch. capable of being permitted or forgiven, as an offense or sin.
[1525-35; < ML dispensabilis, equiv. to L dispens(are) to distribute by weight (see DISPENSE) + -abilis -ABLE]
Syn. 1. expendable, unnecessary; unessential, unimportant, extraneous.

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  • dispensable — 1530s, subject to dispensation, from M.L. dispensabilis, from dispensare (see DISPENSE (Cf. dispense)). Meaning that can be done without is from 1640s. Related: Dispensability …   Etymology dictionary

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  • dispensable — adj. Que se puede dispensar …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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  • dispensable — ► adjetivo Que puede ser dispensado: ■ leyes dispensables. * * * dispensable adj. Susceptible de ser dispensado. * * * dispensable. adj. Que se puede dispensar …   Enciclopedia Universal

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