What is the opposite of necessary?

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Adjective
Opposite of imperative or essential for one's well-being or goals
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“Expensive cameras are unnecessary for us to complete this basic shoot.”
Adjective
Opposite of compulsory, as required or commanded by authority
“We are only advised to follow the optional laws and regulations concerning procurement.”
Adjective
(avoidable) Opposite of happening by natural laws or predestination
“Such stringent sanctions may be avoidable if negotiations resume between the two leaders.”
Adjective
(uncertain) Opposite of happening by natural laws or predestination
“It remains uncertain if this natural phenomenon will manifest itself again in our lifetimes.”
Adjective
(impossible) Opposite of happening by natural laws or predestination
“It is impossible that a person with a poor command of language will find success as a writer.”
Adjective
Opposite of occurring as natural consequence
Adjective
Opposite of proper, right
Adjective
Opposite of requiring immediate or vigilant action or attention
“Anxieties regarding respectability were often concealed by seemingly trivial complaints over children, gardens or noise.”
Adjective
Opposite of beneficial or being of advantage in a given circumstance
Adjective
Opposite of relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin
Adjective
Opposite of critical, serious or very important in nature, usually in a negative sense
Noun
(rare) Opposite of something necessary or indispensable
Noun
Opposite of the total of one's wealth and possessions
“That year, the family had hit rock bottom, in debt and living off of their credit cards.”
Noun
Opposite of material wealth
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