nonnecessity

noun non·ne·ces·si·ty \ ˌnän-ni-ˈse-sə-tē , -ˈse-stē \

Definition of nonnecessity

plural nonnecessities
1 : the condition of not being necessary
  • … the issues being raised go well beyong legalities underlying the necessity or nonnecessity for an environmental impact statement.
  • Chemical and Engineering News
2 : something that is not a necessity : something inessential or unnecessary
  • … I had no intimation that … the government would permit shipment of such nonnecessities.
  • —Neil G. Carey

First Known Use of nonnecessity

1593

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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