[ non-uh-sen-shuhl ]
/ ˌnɒn əˈsɛn ʃəl /


not essential; not necessary: Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war.


a nonessential thing or person.


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Origin of nonessential

First recorded in 1745–55; non- + essential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nonessential

/ (ˌnɒnɪˈsɛnʃəl) /


not essential; not necessary
biochem (of an amino acid in a particular organism) able to be synthesized from other substances


a nonessential person or thing
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Medical definitions for nonessential

[ nŏn′ĭ-sĕnshəl ]


Being a substance required for normal functioning but not needed in the diet because the body can synthesize it.
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