un·​es·​sen·​tial | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsen(t)-shəl How to pronounce unessential (audio) \

Definition of unessential

1 : not essential : dispensable, unimportant
2 archaic : void of essence : insubstantial

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Examples of unessential in a Sentence

don't pack any unessential items until we're sure we have room for everything we'll actually need
Recent Examples on the Web The trips at first conflicted with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance against unessential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 1 May 2021 People entering states for essential and unessential travel reasons will need to complete this form. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Griz like others in his trade was grounded last spring by Gov. Tim Walz, who decreed that these professionals were unessential to Minnesota life. Star Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021 Top Iranian officials initially downplayed the risks posed by the virus outbreak, before recently urging the public to follow measures like wearing masks and avoiding unessential travel. Nasser Karimi, Star Tribune, 21 Nov. 2020 Top Iranian officials initially downplayed the risks posed by the virus, before recently urging the public to wear masks and avoid unessential travel. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2020 But there’s just something about trying to shoehorn in a college football season that seems decidedly unessential. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 12 Nov. 2020 On Sunday, the government ordered unessential business to close and required people to practice social distancing in the city of 1.1 million people. Hau Dinh, Star Tribune, 28 July 2020 Many of us who are not essential workers feel unessential, not to mention constrained, helpless, and weak. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of unessential

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unessential was circa 1656

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“Unessential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unessential. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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