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nonessential

adjective non·es·sen·tial \ˌnän-i-ˈsen(t)-shəl\

: not completely necessary : not essential

Full Definition of NONESSENTIAL

1
:  not essential
2
:  being a substance synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity to satisfy dietary needs <nonessential amino acids> — compare essential 2b
nonessential noun
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Examples of NONESSENTIAL

  1. All nonessential personnel had to be laid off.
  2. Please avoid all nonessential uses of water.

First Known Use of NONESSENTIAL

1751

Rhymes with NONESSENTIAL

NONESSENTIAL Defined for Kids

1nonessential

adjective non·es·sen·tial \ˌnän-i-ˈsen-shəl\

Definition of NONESSENTIAL for Kids

:  not necessary <We cut back on nonessential purchases.>

2nonessential

noun

Definition of NONESSENTIAL for Kids

:  something that is not necessary <There is no room for nonessentials.>

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