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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 the wake of all this attrition, the Ravens’ push for another playoff berth depends on players who were seemingly inessential to the team’s plans as of the Sept. 13 season opener. Childs Walker,, "From Chris Board to Ben Powers, these Ravens have moved from fringe to central roles in team’s playoff push," 26 Dec. 2020 Berman also reportedly has COVID protocols, including asking parents to limit inessential travel, wear masks, and avoid hot spots. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Did Ivanka Trump Make Her Kids Transfer Schools Because She Didn’t Follow COVID Rules?," 16 Nov. 2020 Our relationships with loved ones deepened, and relationships that were inessential kind of fell away. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Inside Rick Owens’s Venice: “Italy Is Where I Create, and Paris Is Where I Am Judged”," 7 Oct. 2020 Two surprising analyses that appeared in Nature Ecology & Evolution early this year have hammered home just how inessential genes can be, and how creatively evolution can deal with losing them. Quanta Magazine, "By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity," 1 Sep. 2020 While Arts & Venues defers inessential maintenance to route money toward operations, staffers have devised a four-point plan to herald the return of public arts. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, "Denver’s thriving arts scene was headed for its best year yet. And then the pandemic hit.," 28 June 2020 How a Person Became a User — which imagines the lurker as a kind of twenty-first century flaneur — Adrian Daub writes that now, in the Age of the Virus, many of us, the inessential us, have become real-life lurkers. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Week in Books: A B-Movie Storytelling Moment," 14 Apr. 2020 After months of lockdown, one of the top priorities for many people as restrictions are lifted might have been deemed inessential before but is increasingly becoming more essential for others. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: The beauty app connecting salons and barbershops with independent stylists," 22 June 2020 In March, when Cuomo ordered inessential projects to shut down, the workers had been about to laminate the dealership’s walls with Sheetrock. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "In New York, a Construction Company Creates a Blueprint for Reopening," 29 May 2020

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inessential

formal : not needed : not essential

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