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[in-i-sen-shuh l]
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  1. not essential; not necessary; nonessential.
  2. without essence; insubstantial.
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  1. that which is not essential.
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Origin of inessential

First recorded in 1670–80; in-3 + essential
Related formsin·es·sen·ti·al·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It is inessential here to recount the details of these movements.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals

    T. C. DeLeon

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for inessential


  1. not necessary
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  1. anything that is not essential
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Derived Formsinessentiality, noun
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