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nonessential

[non-uh-sen-shuh l] /ˌnɒn əˈsɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
not essential; not necessary:
Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war.
noun
2.
a nonessential thing or person.
Origin of nonessential
1745-1755
1745-55; non- + essential
Synonyms
1. unnecessary, incidental, extrinsic.
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  • What is essential and what nonessential depends upon the particular end we have in view.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for nonessential

nonessential

/ˌnɒnɪˈsɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
not essential; not necessary
2.
(biochem) (of an amino acid in a particular organism) able to be synthesized from other substances
noun
3.
a nonessential person or thing
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nonessential in Medicine

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

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