inessential

Something inessential isn't terribly important or necessary. While you need certain nutrients to stay alive and healthy, things like doughnuts and milkshakes are inessential parts of your diet.

The ornamental fireplace in your house that's never used is inessential, but the wood stove that heats your kitchen all winter is not. Inessential details can complicate books, essays, or legal documents, making them harder to understand. The adjective inessential adds the prefix in-, or "not," to essential, "extremely important," from the Latin root essentia, "being or essence."

Definitions of inessential
1

adj not absolutely necessary

Synonyms:
unnecessary, unneeded
not necessary

adj not basic or fundamental

Synonyms:
unessential
accessorial
nonessential but helpful
adscititious
supplemental; not part of the real or essential nature of a thing
incidental, nonessential
not of prime or central importance
dispensable
capable of being dispensed with or done without
expendable
suitable to be expended
unimportant
not important
extrinsic
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
unnecessary, unneeded
not necessary
secondary
being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
Antonyms:
essential
basic and fundamental
crucial, important
of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
basal, primary
of primary importance
biogenic
essential for maintaining the fundamental life processes
constituent, constitutional, constitutive, organic
constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
must
highly recommended
no-frills
characterized by the absence of inessential features
staple
necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities
substantial, substantive
having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
virtual
existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact
life-sustaining, vital
performing an essential function in the living body
indispensable
not to be dispensed with; essential
unexpendable
not suitable to be expended
important, of import
of great significance or value
intrinsic, intrinsical
belonging to a thing by its very nature
necessary
absolutely essential
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
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n anything that is not essential

“they discarded all their inessentials
Synonyms:
nonessential
Antonyms:
essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite
anything indispensable
Types:
adjunct
something added to another thing but not an essential part of it
accompaniment, complement
something added to complete or embellish or make perfect
Type of:
thing
a separate and self-contained entity

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