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. 2001.

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  • nonessential — 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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 — /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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