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[non-uh-sen-shuh l] /ˌnɒn əˈsɛn ʃəl/
not essential; not necessary:
Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war.
a nonessential thing or person.
Origin of nonessential
1745-55; non- + essential
1. unnecessary, incidental, extrinsic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nonessential
  • The utility went so far as to call individual customers, pleading with them to turn off nonessential appliances.
  • It is a melancholy truth that time lost to nonsensical or nonessential committees is gone forever.
  • What matters are a few nonessential people, and what they do is mostly stare into and manipulate screens.
  • All workable national-health-insurance schemes depend on controlling access to nonessential services.
  • To avoid enemy crafts, naval submarines will often run silently, shutting down nonessential functions and cutting crew chatter.
  • Likewise, executives have found themselves diverted from their agenda by truckloads of nonessential work.
  • The home retailer, a haven for nonessential merchandise, has seen steady improvement.
  • We should have no nonessential contact with indicted individuals.
  • nonessential amino acids are made by the body from essential amino acids or in the normal breakdown of proteins.
  • As the bear gets closer, fluids are diverted from nonessential locations, including the mouth.
British Dictionary definitions for nonessential


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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nonessential in Medicine

nonessential non·es·sen·tial (nŏn'ĭ-sěn'shəl)
Being a substance required for normal functioning but not needed in the diet because the body can synthesize it.

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