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Then a big pot was brought out as we raced to retrieve our indispensable spoons and bowls.
Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
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indispensable indispensables indispensability indispensably
Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, indispensable means not dispensable.
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  • Then a big pot was brought out as we raced to retrieve our indispensable spoons and bowls.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • In fourteen years in Bluffton he had sired two sons and managed to worm his way so completely into Bennington’s life and make himself so indispensable that he sometimes seemed like Bennington’s third leg.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This elite, composed of perhaps only several hundred out of the many thousands of prisoners who populated Auschwitz at any single moment, were those who through maneuvering or, again, by luck, had begun to fulfill some function that the SS deemed indispensable or at least of vital importance.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It kept getting changed, due to the availability of the church, the availability of certain indispensable members of the party, someone else’s cup race or due date or whatever.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • They know the other is somehow indispensable to them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • All three men were indispensable.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Since buildings are an indispensable part of life, it follows that architecture must change constantly.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Quite indispensable.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • There is in him that union of head and heart, which is indispensable to an enlightenment of the heads and a winning of the hearts of others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Much had changed in him since that first day in the Ministry of Love, but the final, indispensable, healing change had never happened, until this moment.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • I pretended I was indispensable to the family business, that the restaurant would fall apart without me to make sure all the salt and pepper shakers were full.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I held the mistress’s post in making tea and carving; so I was indispensable at table.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Leonardo’s exercises in anatomy proved indispensable.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Only then did she remember how she must behave at a ball, and tried to assume the majestic air she considered indispensable for a girl on such an occasion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There was no indispensable necessity for my communicating with Joe by letter, inasmuch as he sat beside me and we were alone.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Besides, even Epsilons perform indispensable services.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I’m pretty much indispensable now.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Basta told me about the man, probably to show me I’m not by any means indispensable.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • A stringed instrument is indispensable.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Yet the sword was their one, indispensable weapon against the Horcruxes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "I am, sir, if it should be positively indispensable to do so; not to be got rid of, that is; which I don’t take to be the fact."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This preserving technique had been employed on the ranch since time immemorial to ensure a supply of this nourishing and indispensable food throughout the winter.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • No one is indispensable.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Chapter 38 On Saturday morning Elizabeth and Mr. Collins met for breakfast a few minutes before the others appeared; and he took the opportunity of paying the parting civilities which he deemed indispensably necessary.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • —Emma then felt it indispensable to wish him a good night.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Finally, the desire for novelty is indispensable if we are to produce Fashions or Vogues.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • I remembered also the necessity imposed upon me of either journeying to England or entering into a long correspondence with those philosophers of that country whose knowledge and discoveries were of indispensable use to me in my present undertaking.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Oh, yes; that is indispensable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • From this depended, over the bed, light curtains of rose-colored gauze, striped with silver, supplying that protection from mosquitos which is an indispensable addition to all sleeping accommodation in that climate.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Cora betrayed a disposition to support her sister, and the sacred song proceeded, after the indispensable preliminaries of the pitchpipe, and the tune had been duly attended to by the methodical David.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • With the aid of his indispensable cap, he represented a man with his elbows bound fast at his hips, with cords that were knotted behind him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • That he should have set the buckle of his stock awry, it was indispensable that there should have taken place in him one of those emotions which may be designated as internal earthquakes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Perrault was in a hurry, and he prided himself on his knowledge of ice, which knowledge was indispensable, for the fall ice was very thin, and where there was swift water, there was no ice at all.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I was determined from the first to make my work as janitor so valuable that my services would be indispensable.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • They think it indispensable that he should be upon the spot.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Eliza ended by acquiring an extremely uncommercial script which was a positive extension of her personal beauty, and spending three times as much on stationery as anyone else because certain qualities and shapes of paper became indispensable to her.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She became an indispensable personage in the household, officiating in all capacities, from cook and wet nurse to seamstress.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The fourteenth century Comments, especially those of Boccaccio, of Buti, and of Benvenuto da Imola, are indispensable to one who would understand the poem as it was understood by Dante’s immediate contemporaries and successors.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • We are indebted to the numerous writers and researchers whose works have been indispensable to our own perspective on the period.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • "All this was indispensable," replied the one-eyed doctor, "for private misfortunes make the general good, so that the more private misfortunes there are the greater is the general good."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Sitnikovs are indispensable to us.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The young man understood that it was indispensable that he should whisper something in her ear, a commonplace, a gallant compliment, no matter what.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Perhaps he’s reached that state of intoxication which power is said to inspire, the state in which you believe you are indispensable and can therefore do anything, absolutely anything you feel like, anything at all.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • When I left the building on Monday morning I did not find the whole of our group out in the road, only a few workers obviously regarded as indispensable.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Every other kind and class have stopped, when they so wished, and have presented demands to the world, claiming to be indispensable-except the men who have carried the world on their shoulders, have kept it alive, have endured torture as sole payment, but have never walked out on the human race.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • On Wednesday, moreover, your presence is indispensable to me.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Beauty, it is true, and beauty almost perfect in its own style, was indispensable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The strictest economy was indispensable.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • —When you make the next rebellion with hurleysticks, said Stephen, and want the indispensable informer, tell me.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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