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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not necessary or important; dispensable.
  • noun One that is unnecessary.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not essential

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

  • adjective not basic or fundamental

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