in·​es·​sen·​tial | \ ˌi-nə-ˈsen(t)-shəl How to pronounce inessential (audio) \

Definition of inessential

1 : not essential : unessential
2 : having no essence

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In Ozon’s loving, diverting but inessential homage, everything is real except the bitter, glycerine tears. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 The Hawkeye finale features plenty of cliffhangers for the future, making a post-credits scene inessential. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Dec. 2021 There are very few Marvel Cinematic Universe projects that can be simply dismissed as bad or inessential. Joshua Axelrod, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 For reasons that are unclear, it was launched midway through the country’s firm COVID-19 lockdown, which, unfortunately, meant large sections of its offerings were deemed inessential and had to be switched off. Elad Natanson, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Hollywood would prefer their blockbusters not become entirely inessential in China. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The Department of Homeland Security announced today that its land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to inessential travel until September 21, citing concerns about the Delta variant. Eve Sneider, Wired, 20 Aug. 2021 Cuomo is hardly alone in that -- not a single state, including any of those with strong Democratic majorities, has instituted a vaccine requirement for all inessential activities. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 But for good and ill, all the Marxists are inessential workers, too. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 28 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inessential

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Inessential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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