What is the opposite of fundamental?

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Opposite of essential, as an element, principle, or law
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“When you have to do it in your head, you have to get really to the heart of the matter and try to eliminate the inessential details.”
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Opposite of having from birth (or as if from birth) a certain quality or character
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Opposite of fundamental, inherent or central in nature
“Hickey theorized that humans have an underlying primary nature, as well as an opposing secondary nature.”
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Opposite of involving, or limited to, basic principles
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Opposite of naturally as part or consequence of something
“He castigates prize judges for giving the top awards to books for reasons extrinsic to literature.”
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Opposite of existing in reality or as a matter of fact
“The premise that this was built by aliens is highly conjectural!”
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Opposite of at the core or in its most fundamental nature
“The recent discipline of bioethics has developed principles of its own independent of medicine.”
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Opposite of of or relating to inception
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Opposite of implanted or firmly established
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Opposite of based on abstract reasoning
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Opposite of being (inferentially) inherent or intrinsic in the nature or structure of something
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Opposite of earliest in time or order
“This will be the next, and last, race that you will run, so make it count!”
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Opposite of spoken or presented in a manner that is frank and honest
“It is typical of the company to provide vague and ambiguous instructions, leaving many users to interpret what they should be doing.”
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(somewhat rare) Opposite of involving, or limited to, basic principles
“It may seem a little strange in a book on advanced robotics and control systems to have a section on issues such as ethics, philosophy, and morality.”
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Opposite of self-evident or unquestionable
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Opposite of being in the basic, or simplest, form
“You will need an advanced understanding of programming concepts to work on this complex task.”
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Opposite of of, or involved in the affairs of, the community, especially in government or entertainment
“Johnny is an obscure actor whose work tends towards arthouse and indie flicks.”
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Opposite of radically new or different
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Opposite of of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses)
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Opposite of of a minimum amount, quantity, size, or degree
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Opposite of existing or occurring at the beginning
“The final bell rings and the rooms empty out before the teachers can even look up from their books.”
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(of information, writing, etc.) Opposite of highly factual, especially to the point of being dull
“It is not only a work of beauty but also a richly embellished piece of writing.”
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Opposite of denotes a composition of a single element
“The number of compound substances is therefore infinite, except on one hypothesis.”
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Opposite of a leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article
“Force is the ally and auxiliary of the law, so as long as the latter is respected, the force will be inactive.”
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(usually used in plural form "essentials") Opposite of 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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Opposite of a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group
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Opposite of a necessary component
“I would consider a jacket to be a nonessential when traveling to a hot, tropical destination.”
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Opposite of one of the substances present in a mixture, especially food
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Opposite of a necessary or essential item for a given task
“As long as the supply of methionine is adequate, cysteine is considered as a nonessential.”
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Opposite of a foundation or starting point for further work
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Opposite of the cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition
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Opposite of the principal aspect or dimension of something
“We have concentrated only on the periphery of the problem, and perhaps even tried to eliminate some of the symptoms, but the interference problem is still there.”
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Opposite of explanation based on hypothesis and experiments
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Opposite of an individual rule as part of a system of law or religious doctrine
“Mr. Wizard was arrested for practicing wizardry, a crime worthy of certain damnation in most parts.”
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Opposite of element
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