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 for inessential
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inessential \In`es*sen"tial\, a. [Pref. in- not + essential: cf.
     F. inessentiel.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Having no essence or being. --H. Brooke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The womb of inessential Naught.       --Shelley.
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     2. Not essential; not required to achieve a given purpose;
        unessential; unnecessary.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  inessential
      adj 1: not basic or fundamental [syn: inessential,
             unessential] [ant: essential]
      2: not absolutely necessary
      n 1: anything that is not essential; "they discarded all their
           inessentials" [syn: inessential, nonessential] [ant:
           essential, necessary, necessity, requirement,
           requisite]

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