What is the opposite of essential?

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Adjective
Opposite for necessary or very important
“The game contains many inessential, though fun, side missions for you to complete in between the main story line.”
Adjective
Opposite for necessary or very important
“The consumption of highly processed foods is considered to be detrimental to one's health.”
Adjective
Opposite for fundamental, inherent or central in nature
“Hickey theorized that humans have an underlying primary nature, as well as an opposing secondary nature.”
Adjective
Opposite for fundamental, inherent or central in nature
“My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write.”
Adjective
Opposite for being in the most pure form
“I actually don't take tea, I take coffee, my dear. I'm an atypical Englishman in New York.”
Adjective
Opposite for being in the basic, or simplest, form
“You will need an advanced understanding of programming concepts to work on this complex task.”
Noun
Opposite for a necessary component
“I would consider a jacket to be a nonessential when traveling to a hot, tropical destination.”
Noun
Opposite for a necessary component
“The hotel provides bath robes as an amenity for guests.”
Noun
Opposite for a necessary component
“Many people are now wondering if social media is actually a detriment to society.”
Noun
(usually used in plural form "essentials") Opposite for a fundamental element or characteristic
“Frankly, I find the minutia of everyday life much more interesting than the glaring important life changing events that shape our lives.”
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