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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don't pack any unessential items until we're sure we have room for everything we'll actually need

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All frivolities, such as politics and culture, would be deemed unessential, and life would be rationalized and run on principles of industrial efficiency. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Digital Cash’ Review: Bitcoin and Beyond," 23 June 2019 That’s when unessential parts of the federal government shut down until the impasse is broken. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Why We Have So Many Shutdowns," 16 Jan. 2019 The judge ordered Shiloh to stop using any unessential security measures, such as denying children drinking water. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules," 31 July 2018

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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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