Definitions of essential

  1. of the greatest importance; " the all- important subject of disarmament"; " crucial information"; " in chess cool nerves are of the essence"
  2. being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; " essential oil"
  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"
  4. ( law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  5. basic and fundamental; " the essential feature"
  6. absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
  7. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; " essential tools and materials"; " funds essential to the completion of the project"; " an indispensable worker"
  8. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  9. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  10. Hence, really existing; existent.
  11. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  12. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  13. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
  14. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
  15. Most important; necessary to the existence of a thing; indispensable; pure.
  16. That which is necessary to the existence of a thing; the basic principle.
  17. Essentially.
  18. 1. Necessary; characteristic; inherent. 2. Idiopathic.
  19. Pertaining to an essence.
  20. Relating to or containing the essence: necessary to the existence of a thing: indispensable or important in the highest degree: highly rectified: pure.
  21. Something essential or necessary: a leading principle.
  22. Anything essential.
  23. Necessary to existence; indispensable; containing the essence; volatile and odorous, as oil.
  24. Pertaining to the essence of anything; real; requisite; necessary.
  25. That which Is essential or characteristic; a necessary element.
  26. Relating to the essence of a thing; necessary to the existence of a thing; important in the highest degree; highly rectified; pure.
  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.
  28. Indispensably necessary; important in the highest degree; pure.

Quotes of essential

  1. The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. – Ethel Percy Andrus
  2. It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created. – Bruce Beresford
  3. Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance. – Robert Collier
  4. Would it not be much better to have a president who deliberately lied to the people because he thought a war was essential than to have one who was so dumb as to be taken in by intelligence agencies, especially those who told him what he wanted to hear? – Andrew Greeley
  5. If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals. – Edmund Husserl
  6. The purpose of the United Nations should be to protect the essential sovereignty of nations, large and small. – Nikita Khrushchev
  7. Temperance is essential if the services of men and women are to be employed to the best and most useful effect according, to the physical capacity and ability of each. Nothing less will assure a total effort. – William Lyon Mackenzie King
  8. It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature. – Harriet Martineau
  9. The essential quality of an animal is that it seeks its own living, whereas a vegetable has its living brought to it. – Henry Mayhew
  10. This is what I think is very essential moderation can be good for you. – Robert Mondavi
  11. Clearly, border security has been the top domestic issue of the year, and rightly so. Securing our borders is an essential aspect of our national security. – Randy Neugebauer
  12. We are like the mechanism of a watch: each part is essential – Nathan Meyer Rothschild
  13. And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  14. No partner in a love relationship... should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable. – May Sarton
  15. It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used. – Sun Tzu

Usage examples for essential

  1. But what is the essential thing in judgment? – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  2. Milk is an essential portion of their means of existence. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  3. 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
  4. Rapidly, he put down all the essential circumstances of the night's work. – Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz by H. Irving Hancock
  5. It gives me the clue to your motive- an essential matter to me. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  6. It remains essential to the security of America. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. And now I found it really essential to put my arm around her and draw her to me- she was too agitated to hear otherwise what I had to say. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  8. Sun and air are essential to success. –  by
  9. These seemed to be the essential thing. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  10. A certain sense of mystery seems essential – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  11. It was then at Paris, however, as it is now and ever will be all over the world, essential to the appearance of a gentleman, that whatever time, pains, or expense, it might have cost, he should, from the moment he is dressed, be, or at least seem to be, above his dress. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. Your immediate return essential – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  13. The same essential truth may be expressed in different terms. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  14. The entire strength of Great Britain and the whole- hearted support of Ireland are essential to victory." – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  15. But they forget the existence of another law which may be described as the law of mutual aid, which law, at least for the animals, is far more essential than the former. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
  16. On a ship so long, some means of communication faster than walking was essential – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  17. That part however was of essential importance. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  18. Rejoiced to see the man who had rendered her such essential service in time of need, she threw her arms about his neck, exclaiming, " O, uncle Hill, how glad I am to see you!" – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  19. This is as essential an order, as is between the fruit and the root, the stream and the fountain, the sun- beam and the sun. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. Secrecy and speed were essential to success, for if Clinton discovered what was happening, he would undoubtedly try to throw his army between Cornwallis and the Americans, and even though he failed in stopping them he could 10 easily delay their march until the British force at Yorktown had time to escape. – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell