in·es·sen·tial | \ˌi-nə-ˈsen(t)-shəl \

Definition of inessential 

1 : having no essence

2 : not essential : unessential

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Other Words from inessential

inessential noun

Examples of inessential in a Sentence

he writes very spare prose, with nary an inessential word to be found

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As an expansion of the Star Wars saga, Solo is absolutely inessential. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018 This applies of course not only to those women within the administration, but to the way women in general are perceived: As inessential blank spaces, their humanity and concerns easily erased. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 There are a few stories in this ample collection that seem inessential, and Shriver’s fondness for abundance leaves a couple feeling a bit overstuffed. Stephen Mccauley, New York Times, "Money Can’t Buy Love, but It Can Buy Goods — and in These Stories, Lots of Trouble," 21 May 2018 But being inessential doesn’t make Solo a bad movie. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 22 May 2018 Even so, what led up to the album is wholly inessential to absorb the shimmering, lovely and chilling music that resulted. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Love's 'Forever Changes': 5 Revealing Moments From 50th Anniversary Box Set," 12 Apr. 2018 Manet has eschewed furniture and everything else inessential. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Beauty in Full Bloom," 13 Apr. 2018 And considering all the inessential performances that the Grammys subjected viewers to this year, the show could’ve afforded to give Petty a lengthier tribute than just a few verses. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Brutally honest rankings of every 2018 Grammy performance," 28 Jan. 2018 The arches themselves, strange, impressive, grotesque, form but a small and inessential part of the general beauty of this country. Douglas Brinkley, New York Times, "President Trump, Please Read ‘Desert Solitaire’," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of inessential

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inessential

: not needed : not essential

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not any or not one

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