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ESSENTIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does essential mean? 

ESSENTIAL (noun)
  The noun ESSENTIAL has 1 sense:

1. anything indispensable

  Familiarity information: ESSENTIAL used as a noun is very rare.


ESSENTIAL (adjective)
  The adjective ESSENTIAL has 6 senses:

1. absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
2. basic and fundamental
3. of the greatest importance
4. being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc
5. defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
6. absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed

  Familiarity information: ESSENTIAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESSENTIAL (noun)


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Meaning:

Anything indispensable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

essential; necessary; requisite; necessity; requirement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("essential" is a kind of...):

thing (a separate and self-contained entity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "essential"):

desideratum (something desired as a necessity)

must (a necessary or essential thing)

need; want (anything that is necessary but lacking)

Antonym:

inessential (anything that is not essential)


ESSENTIAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

Synonyms:

essential; indispensable

Context examples:

essential tools and materials / funds essential to the completion of the project / an indispensable worker

Similar:

necessary (absolutely essential)


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Meaning:

Basic and fundamental

Context example:

the essential feature

Similar:

life-sustaining; vital (performing an essential function in the living body)

virtual (existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact)

substantial; substantive (having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable)

staple (necessary foods or commodities)

no-frills (characterized by the absence of inessential features)

must (highly recommended)

constituent; constitutional; constitutive; organic (constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup))

biogenic (essential for maintaining the fundamental life processes)

basal; primary (of primary importance)

Also:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)

necessary (absolutely essential)

intrinsic; intrinsical (belonging to a thing by its very nature)

important; of import (of great significance or value)

unexpendable (not suitable to be expended)

indispensable (not to be dispensed with; essential)

crucial; important (of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis)

Attribute:

essentiality; essentialness (basic importance)

Antonym:

inessential (not basic or fundamental)


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Meaning:

Of the greatest importance

Synonyms:

all important; all-important; of the essence; crucial; essential

Context examples:

the all-important subject of disarmament / crucial information / in chess cool nerves are of the essence

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


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Meaning:

Being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

essential oil

Pertainym:

essence (any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted)


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Meaning:

Defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

Synonyms:

substantive; essential

Context example:

substantive law

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


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Meaning:

Absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed

Similar:

unexpendable (not suitable to be expended)


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