inessential

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The video imagery seems especially inessential, distracting us from Édouard (Laurenz Laufenberg) by focusing on other cast members changing costumes or detectives dusting the crime scene for DNA. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Fleeing Home, but Not Homophobia," 18 Nov. 2019 This one’s generally considered a forgettable and inessential entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though the 2013 Thor sequel’s also one of the best-looking MCU films to date. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Thor: The Dark World," 12 Nov. 2019 Everything indirect, inessential and, above all, historical has been stripped away. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At three venues, modernist art that looks to the past," 8 Nov. 2019 Many once seemed entertaining if inessential (polls, lunch reminders, gifs, and chatbots), but these apps are increasingly penetrating the core of business operations and workflows. Michael J. Coren, Quartz at Work, "Slack’s latest grab for office dominance: workflow templates," 23 Oct. 2019 What really keeps Luang Prabang so low-key is the perception, among travelers, of its being inessential; the town has become special because it’s not been considered special enough. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 But what really keeps Luang Prabang so low-key is the perception, among travelers, of its being inessential; the town has become special because it’s not been considered special enough. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of inessential

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Dec 2019

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“Inessential.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inessentials. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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inessential

adjective
How to pronounce inessential (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inessential

formal : not needed : not essential

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