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inessential

[ in-i-sen-shuhl ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈsɛn ʃəl /
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adjective

not essential; not necessary; nonessential.
without essence; insubstantial.

noun

that which is not essential.

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Origin of inessential

First recorded in 1670–80; in-3 + essential

OTHER WORDS FROM inessential

in·es·sen·ti·al·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inessential

inessential
/ (ˌɪnɪˈsɛnʃəl) /

adjective

not necessary

noun

anything that is not essential

Derived forms of inessential

inessentiality, noun
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