from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not necessary or important; dispensable.
  • n. One that is unnecessary.

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  • adj. Not essential

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not essential; not of prime importance; not indispensable; unimportant.
  • adj. Void of essence, or real being.
  • n. Something not constituting essence, or something which is not of absolute necessity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not essential; not constituting the essence or essential part; inessential; not of prime importance.
  • Void of real being.
  • n. Something not constituting essence, or not of absolute necessity: as, forms are among the unessentials of religion.
  • n. Same as unessential note.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not basic or fundamental


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  • It remains for someone who is an artist, a psychologist, and an expert in human limitations to tell us how far the unessential is a necessary means to the essential -- to tell us whether it is easy or difficult or impossible for the artist to destroy every rung in the ladder by which he has climbed to the stars.


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  • After doing this for so long, I instinctively know the best way to enter and exit a scene, set up a passage of dialogue with beats and tags, avoid cluttering up a passage with unessential words.

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  • There was a new boiled-down toughness to his body, as if the unessential bits of him had been burned off in the struggle for his soul.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Rather than endlessly picking at the unessential details, we should focus on the main message and making that as high-impact as possible.

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