dispensable dispensable  /dɪs ˈpɛn sə bəl/


  • (adj) capable of being dispensed with or done without

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  1. Another indispensable site owned by the Google borg, though the bulk of its content cute cats, jiggling body parts and stupid human tricks is plenty dispensable.
  2. It teaches that in dire circumstances our only obligation is to our own survival; all else culture, ideology, even love is a dispensable luxury.
  3. A few titles that seemed indispensable some years ago turned out on a second tasting to be, well, dispensable.


  • Hard on Obama

    Steve Coll The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr What finally recommends Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat is the very quality that often makes it jagged: the author’s willingness, as a well-positioned insider, to attack viscerally the complacent belief among Obama and his national security advisers that they have constructed ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: New York Review of Books


  1. Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, said legislation was urgently needed: "Working men and women are now being viewed as dispensable labour, hired and fired at will, never knowing from one day to the next if they have a job or will earn...
    on Feb 18, 2008 By: Tony Woodley Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "I am a passionate advocate of the service economy, but I am not so naive as to fall for the fallacy that since mining contributes only 7 per cent of gross domestic product and service industries 66 per cent, mining is dispensable and the future...
    on Apr 30, 2010 By: Craig Emerson Source: The Australian

  3. "We have a moral obligation to protect Missouri women and to defend the dignity of human life," Blunt said in a prepared statement. "Innocent life is not dispensable, and we must work with expectant parents to help them choose life. I commend...
    on Apr 22, 2008 By: Matt Blunt Source: Columbia Daily Tribune

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