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Definitions of essential

  1. being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; " essential oil"
  2. ( law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  3. basic and fundamental; " the essential feature"
  4. absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
  5. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; " essential tools and materials"; " funds essential to the completion of the project"; " an indispensable worker"
  6. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  7. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  8. Hence, really existing; existent.
  9. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  10. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  11. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
  12. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
  13. Most important; necessary to the existence of a thing; indispensable; pure.
  14. That which is necessary to the existence of a thing; the basic principle.
  15. Essentially.
  16. Relating to or containing the essence: necessary to the existence of a thing: indispensable or important in the highest degree: highly rectified: pure.
  17. Something essential or necessary: a leading principle.
  18. Anything essential.
  19. Necessary to existence; indispensable; containing the essence; volatile and odorous, as oil.
  20. Pertaining to the essence of anything; real; requisite; necessary.
  21. That which Is essential or characteristic; a necessary element.
  22. Relating to the essence of a thing; necessary to the existence of a thing; important in the highest degree; highly rectified; pure.
  23. 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.
  24. Indispensably necessary; important in the highest degree; pure.
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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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. On a ship so long, some means of communication faster than walking was essential. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  6. These seemed to be the essential thing. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  7. That part however was of essential importance. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  8. But what is the essential thing in judgment? – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  9. 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
  10. It remains essential to the security of America. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  11. Rapidly, he put down all the essential circumstances of the night's work. – Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz by H. Irving Hancock
  12. 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
  13. A certain sense of mystery seems essential. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Your immediate return essential. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
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