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unessential

[uhn-uh-sen-shuh l] /ˌʌn əˈsɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
not of prime importance; not indispensable.
noun
2.
an unessential thing; nonessential.
Origin of unessential
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; un-1 + essential
Related forms
unessentially, adverb
Synonyms
1. unnecessary, dispensable, unimportant.
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Examples from the Web for unessential
Historical Examples
  • It was like a woman, he thought, to fasten upon the unessential.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • As far as the teaching of grammar is concerned, it is unessential.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • In unessential matters he is ready to yield to the sentiments of his inferiors.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • Let it be my task to find it and to separate it from what is unessential and false.

    The Enjoyment of Art Carleton Noyes
  • He likes to be consulted, and I pamper him as much as possible in all unessential details.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • It was one of her own offspring, only shorn of its unessential adornments.

  • She prepared hot water and bustled with unessential occupation.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • But of all the other six ‘factors’ enumerated, he shows that they are unessential.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • By what criterion is the convert to distinguish the essential from the unessential?

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • What he does not like is unessential, if not a positive misrepresentation.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for unessential

unessential

/ˌʌnɪˈsɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
a less common word for inessential
noun
2.
something that is not essential
Derived Forms
unessentially, adverb
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