unnecessaries

plural noun

un·​necessaries
¦ən+
: expendable material : needless or unimportant things
nowhere are the unnecessaries of life … sold at such extravagant prices Quarterly Review

Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unnecessaries was in 1559

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“Unnecessaries.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessaries. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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