implies a pressing need but does not always connote absolute indispensability
is applied to that which is required by the circumstances or for the purpose and generally suggests a requirement that is imposed externally rather than an inherent need the requisite experience for a position
person or thing cannot be done without if the specified or implied purpose is to be achieved her diagnostic skills proved indispensable to the clinic
, in strict usage, is applicable to that which constitutes the absolute essence or the fundamental nature of a thing and therefore must be present for the thing to exist, function, etc. food is essential to life
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