I adjective accessory, added, additional, adscititious, auxiliary, avoidable, beside the point, beside the question, dispensable, excess, expendable, extra, extraneous, extrinsic, extrinsical, frivolous, gratuitous, incidental, inconsequential, inessential, insignificant, minor, needless, negligible, of little consequence, of little importance, of no account, of no concern, of no consequence, of no importance, of no significance, of small importance, optional, parenthetic, parenthetical, peripheral, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supervenient, supplemental, supplementary, trifling, trivial, uncalled for, unessential, ungermane, unimportant, unnecessary, unneeded, unnoteworthy, unrequired, unwarranted associated concepts: nonessential services II index circumstantial, collateral (immaterial), excessive, expendable, extraneous, extrinsic, immaterial, inconsequential, inconsiderable, minor, needless, petty, slight, supplementary, tangential, trivial, unessential

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  • nonessential — [nän΄ə sen′shəl] adj. 1. not essential; of relatively no importance; unnecessary 2. Biochem. designating biological compounds, esp. amino acids, required by living systems, that can be made in adequate amounts from other dietary constituents n. a …   English World dictionary

  • Nonessential — Non es*sen tial, a. Not essential. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nonessential — Non es*sen tial, n. A thing not essential. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonessential — [adj] not needed or important deadwood*, dispensable, excess baggage*, excessive, expendable, extraneous, inessential, insignificant, peripheral, petty, superfluous, trivial, unimportant, unnecessary; concepts 546,575 Ant. essential, important,… …   New thesaurus

  • nonessential — adjective Date: 1751 1. not essential 2. being a substance synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity to satisfy dietary needs < nonessential amino acids > compare essential 2b • nonessential noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nonessential — /non euh sen sheuhl/, adj. 1. not essential; not necessary: Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war. n. 2. a nonessential thing or person. [1745 55; NON + ESSENTIAL] Syn. 1. unnecessary, incidental, extrinsic. * * * …   Universalium

  • nonessential — non·es·sen·tial i sen chəl adj being a substance synthesized by the body in sufficient quantity for normal health and growth <a nonessential fatty acid> compare essential …   Medical dictionary

  • nonessential — adjective nonessential items such as colognes and cosmetics are not permitted Syn: unnecessary, inessential, unessential, noncore, needless, unneeded, superfluous, uncalled for, redundant, dispensable, expendable, unimportant, extraneous …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • nonessential — non•es•sen•tial [[t]ˌnɒn əˈsɛn ʃəl[/t]] adj. not essential; not necessary: During a drought, nonessential use of water is curtailed[/ex] • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • nonessential — I noun anything that is not essential they discarded all their inessentials • Syn: ↑inessential • Ant: ↑essential (for: ↑inessential) …   Useful english dictionary

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