Superfluous vs Nonessential - What's the difference?

superfluous | nonessential |


As adjectives the difference between superfluous and nonessential

is that superfluous is in excess of what is required or sufficient while nonessential is not required; not essential.

As a noun nonessential is

something that is not essential.

superfluous

English

Adjective

(-)
  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .

    Synonyms

    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous

    nonessential

    English

    Alternative forms

    * non-essential

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Not required; not essential.
  • Antonyms

    * essential * required * necessary * mandatory

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something that is not essential.