Definition of non-essential adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌnɒn ɪˈsenʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnɑːn ɪˈsenʃl//
[usually before noun]
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not completely necessary They argue that killing seals for non-essential products cannot be justified. compare essential This is not as strong as inessential and is more common. Inessential can suggest disapproval.

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