adjective Date: 1677 1. having no essence 2. not essential ; unessentialinessential noun

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  • Inessential — In es*sen tial, a. [Pref. in not + essential: cf. F. inessentiel.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having no essence or being. H. Brooke. [1913 Webster] The womb of inessential Naught. Shelley. [1913 Webster] 2. Not essential; not required to achieve a given… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inessential — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not absolutely necessary. ► NOUN ▪ an inessential thing …   English terms dictionary

  • inessential — [in΄e sen′shəl, in΄i sen′shəl] adj. 1. Rare without essence or existence; immaterial 2. not essential; not really necessary or important; unessential n. something inessential …   English World dictionary

  • inessential — index circumstantial, expendable, gratuitous (unwarranted), immaterial, inapposite, inappropriate, inconsequential …   Law dictionary

  • inessential — [[t]ɪ̱nɪse̱nʃ(ə)l[/t]] ADJ If something is inessential, you do not need it. [FORMAL] We have omitted footnotes which we judged inessential to the text. Syn: unnecessary Ant: essential …   English dictionary

  • inessential — in|es|sen|tial [ˌınıˈsenʃəl] adj formal not needed = ↑unnecessary ≠ ↑essential ▪ inessential details >inessentials n [plural] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inessential — adjective not absolutely necessary. noun an inessential thing …   English new terms dictionary

  • inessential — adjective formal not needed; unnecessary: He lived very simply with few inessential items in his apartment. inessentials noun (plural) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • inessential — UK [ˌɪnɪˈsenʃ(ə)l] / US [ˌɪnɪˈsenʃəl] adjective not necessary Draw up a weekly budget to avoid the temptation to spend money on inessential items …   English dictionary

  • inessential — adj. & n. adj. 1 not necessary. 2 dispensable. n. an inessential thing …   Useful english dictionary

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