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  1. of the greatest importance; "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; "essential oil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. basic and fundamental; "the essential feature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Hence, really existing; existent. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Most important; necessary to the existence of a thing; indispensable; pure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. Essentially. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. 1. Necessary; characteristic; inherent. 2. Idiopathic. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. Pertaining to an essence. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  20. 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.
  21. Something essential or necessary: a leading principle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Anything essential. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Necessary to existence; indispensable; containing the essence; volatile and odorous, as oil. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Pertaining to the essence of anything; real; requisite; necessary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. That which Is essential or characteristic; a necessary element. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Indispensably necessary; important in the highest degree; pure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Necessary; indispensable; -- said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones. mso.anu.edu.au
  30. The word essential has been applied to the immediate or active principles of vegetables, which were believed to be endowed with the properties of the plants from which they were extracted. Essential oil was so called because it was regarded as the only immediate principle which was essential. This expression is retained. Essential salts are true salts or extracts which exist, ready formed, in vegetables; and which are obtained by distillation, incineration, or some other process. An essential disease is synonymous with a general disease; that is, one not depending on any local affection,-not symptomatic. See Entity Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  31. Of, constituting, a thing\'s essence; indispensable (to); e. proposition, one that predicates of a subject what is implied in its definition; e. character (of species, genus, &c.), marks that distinguish it from others included with it in next superior division; e. harmony (belonging to one particular key); e. oil, volatile oil, marked by characteristic odour &c.: (n.) indispensable element. Hence essentiality n., essentially adv. [Late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, an essence. American pocket medical dictionary.
  33. Of or pertaining to an essence. See e. oil, under oil. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  34. Indispensable. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  35. Of diseases, specific in nature, not dependent on a local morbid process. Idiopathic. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  36. n. First or constituent principle; the chief point; that which is most important. Cabinet Dictionary
  37. Necessary to the constitution or existence of any thing; important in the highest degree, principal; pure, highly rectified, subtilly elaborated. Complete Dictionary
  38. Existence; first or constituent principles; the chief point. Complete Dictionary

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