Definitions

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  • adj. Not vital (in various senses); thus, often not essential for life
  • adj. Not containing living nerve tissue

Etymologies

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non- +‎ vital

Examples

  • The State Department claims a 1980s General Services Administration directive resulted in the destruction of many passport applications and other "nonvital" passport records, including

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  • The United States simply cannot afford to squander more time and resources for a nonvital Afghanistan before the core of U.S. power and freedom—the American economy—begins an irreversible decline.

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  • One could classify as idealist a collective security system that weighted all states equally and expected them to sacrifice blood and treasure for nonvital interests.

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  • It's even acceptable for nonvital funtions that society agree need to be addressed.

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  • I would give up several nonvital organs to write half as well as Chabon.

    April 27th, 2008

  • Inadequate hydration causes the body to extract water from nonvital tissues in order to shunt water to key organs heart, brain, and kidneys.

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  • According to the Washington Post, Clarke then ordered every counterterrorist office to put domestic rapid-response teams on shorter alert, to cancel vacations and defer nonvital travel; in short, to be in the highest possible state of readiness against an imminent attack.

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  • He tried to shake off the malaise, but already his body was shutting down nonvital functions.

    The Deed

  • Eyes snap open while every other bodily orifice snaps shut, profanity inadvertently spills from the mouth and survival instincts force nonvital sensory functions to briefly retreat from the scene in a combination of terror, awe, terror, awe and probably some more terror.

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  • I usually don't go into detail on here about games I play of any sort, but this is just so unabashedly enjoyable that I felt it was my sacred duty to inform whomever reads this that it is every bit in his or her best interest to sacrifice every nonvital organ, if necessary, to obtain this game and a console on which to play it.

    bard Diary Entry

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