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Definitions of essential

  1. That which is necessary to the existence of a thing; the basic principle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Something essential or necessary: a leading principle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Anything essential. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. That which Is essential or characteristic; a necessary element. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. That which is constitutive or necessary to the being or existence of a thing. Essential oils, volatile oils obtained from plants, usually by distillation with water. Essential character, that single quality which serves to distinguish one genus, species, &c., from another; the differentia. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Essentially. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. basic and fundamental; "the essential feature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Hence, really existing; existent. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Most important; necessary to the existence of a thing; indispensable; pure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Relating to or containing the essence: necessary to the existence of a thing: indispensable or important in the highest degree: highly rectified: pure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Necessary to existence; indispensable; containing the essence; volatile and odorous, as oil. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Pertaining to the essence of anything; real; requisite; necessary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Relating to the essence of a thing; necessary to the existence of a thing; important in the highest degree; highly rectified; pure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Indispensably necessary; important in the highest degree; pure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for essential

  1. It gives me the clue to your motive- an essential matter to me. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  2. This is an essential part of the custom of " crying the neck." – Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn by R. W. Chambers
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