nonessential

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adjective non·es·sen·tial \ˌnän-i-ˈsen(t)-shəl\

Definition of nonessential

  1. 1 :  not essential

  2. 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 2b

nonessential

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Examples of nonessential in a Sentence

  1. All nonessential personnel had to be laid off.

  2. Please avoid all nonessential uses of water.

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First Known Use of nonessential

1751


NONESSENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nonessential for English Language Learners

  • : not completely necessary : not essential


NONESSENTIAL Defined for Kids

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adjective non·es·sen·tial \ˌnän-i-ˈsen-shəl\

Definition of nonessential for Students

  1. :  not necessary We cut back on nonessential purchases.


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noun non·es·sen·tial

Definition of nonessential for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

nonessential

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adjective non·es·sen·tial \-i-ˈsen-chəl\

Medical Definition of nonessential

  1. :  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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