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nonessential

[non-uh-sen-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. not essential; not necessary: Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war.
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noun
  1. a nonessential thing or person.
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Origin of nonessential

First recorded in 1745–55; non- + essential

Synonyms

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1. unnecessary, incidental, extrinsic.
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Historical Examples

  • Men who arrive anywhere in any direction always have the habit of ignoring the nonessential more or less strongly developed.

    The Grain Of Dust

    David Graham Phillips

  • And when he came the following day he apparently had once more restored her father to his proper place of a nonessential.

    The Grain Of Dust

    David Graham Phillips

  • Error and nonessential dividing lines will disappear if neglected.

  • What is essential and what nonessential depends upon the particular end we have in view.


British Dictionary definitions for nonessential

nonessential

adjective
  1. not essential; not necessary
  2. biochem (of an amino acid in a particular organism) able to be synthesized from other substances
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noun
  1. a nonessential person or thing
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nonessential in Medicine

nonessential

(nŏn′ĭ-sĕnshəl)
adj.
  1. Being a substance required for normal functioning but not needed in the diet because the body can synthesize it.
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