Definitions of essential

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