1. Adjective.  (ecclesiastical, obsolete) Not admitting ecclesiastical dispensation; not subject to release or exemption; that cannot be allowed by bending the canonical rules. (defdate, 16th-17th c.) .
  2. Adjective.  (context, of duties, rules etc.) Unbendable, that cannot be set aside or ignored. (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  3. Adjective.  Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without. (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  4. Noun.  A thing that is not dispensable; a necessity. (defdate, from 17th c.) .
  5. Noun.  (context, in plural) Trousers. (defdate, from 19th c.) .

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