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Definition of the adjective inessential

What does inessential mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. not basic or fundamental
  2. not absolutely necessary

Alternative definition of the adjective inessential


  1. not essential

Definition of the noun inessential

What does inessential mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inessentials

  1. anything that is not essential
    • example: they discarded all their inessentials
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of inessential: nonessential
    • antonym of inessential: essential
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • more specific word: adjunct = something added to another thing but not an essential part of it

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Google previewA Derrida Dictionary (2008)

by Niall Lucy

Hence 2 essence of language is contained in speech, compared to which writing a no doubt useful but nonetheless inessential technology for represent; that essence; or the essence of philosophy resides in logic or reason, 7 which textual ...

Google previewThe Mathematics Dictionary (1992)

by R.C. James, Glenn James

Induction Inessential IN-DUC'TION, n. mathematical induction. A method of proving a law or theorem by showing that it holds in the first case and showing that, if it holds for all the cases preceding a given one, then it also holds for this case.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media and Communication (2013)

by Marcel Danesi

By mediating communication, translation thus mediates something inessential, and if the translator recomposes the poetry of one language into the poetry of a different language, what we end up getting 'is the inaccurate transmission of an ...

Google previewBadiou Dictionary (2015)

by Steven Corcoran

Concerning Deleuze's position, Badiou remarks that if each being is simply an expression of the same unique multiplicity, then difference between beings is purely formal, inessential: each being is nothing but a mode, a manifestation of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (2013)

Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age by Theresa Enos

First, a supplement is something inessential that is added on to something else; for example, Rousseau thought that writing was a supple-- ment to speech, something inessential that is added on to speech and that is secondary to speech .

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Video shows what inessential means. not essential. lacking essence or being. Inessential Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to say ...

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Quotes about inessential

To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential. (John Drinkwater)
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Scrabble value of I1N1E1S1S1E1N1T1I1A1L1

The value of this 11-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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