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[in-i-sen-shuh l] /ˌɪn ɪˈsɛn ʃəl/
not essential; not necessary; nonessential.
without essence; insubstantial.
that which is not essential.
Origin of inessential
First recorded in 1670-80; in-3 + essential
Related forms
inessentiality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for inessential
Historical Examples
  • It is inessential here to recount the details of these movements.

  • None are inessential, however slight; and none are independent, however forcible.

  • It was not for Louie to spoil the sport by pointing out the inessential omission.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • You've been a good father in every inessential way, but no father at all in all that goes to make us men.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • Of course the "subliminal" theory is an inessential hypothesis, and the question of pluralism or monism is equally inessential.

  • inessential, in-es-sen′shal, adj. not essential or necessary: immaterial.

  • In everything he sought for the essential form, the form that contains all the other inessential forms.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art John Gould Fletcher
  • To remove externals from us, to rid our minds of the illusive and the inessential, is simply to clear us for action.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • The secret of my strength is my ability to reject every element that is harmful or inessential to the completion of my self.

    The House of the Vampire

    George Sylvester Viereck
  • There is no superficial criticism, neither does he concern himself with the inessential details of the theories.

    Rudolph Eucken

    Abel J. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for inessential


not necessary
anything that is not essential
Derived Forms
inessentiality, noun
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