nonessential

adjective
non·​es·​sen·​tial | \ ˌnän-i-ˈsen(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonessential (audio) \

Definition of nonessential

1 : not essential
2 : being a substance synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity to satisfy dietary needs nonessential fatty acids — see also nonessential amino acid — compare essential sense 2b

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Other Words from nonessential

nonessential noun

Examples of nonessential in a Sentence

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

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Before the men embarked for France from Weymouth, the Army dug a large burn pit and ordered the GIs to discard any nonessential items, Earll told the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in 2007. oregonlive.com, "D-Day survivor: ‘Why were they killed and I wasn’t? Why?'," 5 June 2019 Before the men embarked for France from Weymouth, the Army dug a large burn pit and ordered the GIs to discard any nonessential items, Earll told the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in 2007. The Washington Post, al.com, "D-Day veteran wonders why he lived when so many others died," 3 June 2019 The same is not always true, however, if a pair of nonessential genes is removed — sometimes, death comes quickly. Quanta Magazine, "Giant Genetic Map Shows Life’s Hidden Links," 25 Oct. 2016 In addition, engine fan blade inspections required across the industry after a fatal accident on Southwest chewed up a lot of time for mechanics, delaying some nonessential summer prep work. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2018," 16 Jan. 2019 Making time to go to yoga in the middle of doctor appointments might seem nonessential. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018 British Columbia’s opposition led Kinder Morgan to suspend nonessential spending on Trans Mountain last month. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Canadian Government to Buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline," 29 May 2018 But forgetting nonessential details is not unusual for trauma survivors. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Why Kavanaugh’s accusers can’t remember everything," 28 Sep. 2018 For many female athletes, the bigger picture includes issues like maternity leave and child care that would have seemed nonessential — even ludicrous — when Zvonareva, now 33, was just another teen flag-bearer in the WTA Tour’s youth parade. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Mothers in Tennis Grow in Influence," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of nonessential

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for nonessential

nonessential

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nonessential

: not completely necessary : not essential

nonessential

adjective
non·​es·​sen·​tial | \ ˌnän-i-ˈsen-shəl How to pronounce nonessential (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonessential

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not necessary We cut back on nonessential purchases.

nonessential

noun

Kids Definition of nonessential (Entry 2 of 2)

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

nonessential

adjective
non·​es·​sen·​tial | \ -i-ˈsen-chəl How to pronounce nonessential (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonessential

: being a substance synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity for normal health and growth a nonessential fatty acid — compare essential

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