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IN ESSENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does in essence mean? 

IN ESSENCE (adverb)
  The adverb IN ESSENCE has 2 senses:

1. at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
2. with regard to fundamentals although not concerning details

  Familiarity information: IN ESSENCE used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IN ESSENCE (adverb)


Sense 1in essence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At bottom or by one's (or its) very nature

Synonyms:

au fond; basically; essentially; fundamentally; in essence

Context examples:

He is basically dishonest / the argument was essentially a technical one / for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person


Sense 2in essence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With regard to fundamentals although not concerning details

Synonyms:

in principle; in essence; in theory

Context example:

in principle, we agree


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