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insignificance, ethereal, apparitional, phantasmal, chimerical, spectral, nonexistence, vacant, null, unconcrete, vacuous, weightless, illusory, tenuous, impalpable, unreal, empty, immaterial, intangible, unsubstantial.
They seemed to her inessential. - "Hilda Lessways", Arnold Bennett.
It was by realising this fact, and applying his exceptionally fine critical intuition to this task, that Professor Raleigh, considering the essentials, was able to draw a very much more convincing picture of the personality of Shakespeare than that which was drawn, brilliantly indeed, by Mr. Frank Harris; but Mr. Harris, I think, devoted his attention to qualities in Shakespeare which- whether in any sense real or not- were in any case secondary and inessential elements in the dramatist's character. - "Personality in Literature", Rolfe Arnold Scott-James.
ineffectual, inextensible, inexpensive, ineffective.