unessential

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From un- +‎ essential.

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unessential (comparative more unessential, superlative most unessential)

  1. Not essential; unimportant.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
    • 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Penguin 2000, p. 155:
      But all this part of it seemed remote and unessential.
  2. Void of essence, or real being.
    • John Milton
      These pass'd, if any pass, the void profound
      Of unessential Night receives him next
      Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being []

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