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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
|Sense 1||in essence [BACK TO TOP]|
At bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
He is basically dishonest / the argument was essentially a technical one / for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person
|Sense 2||in essence [BACK TO TOP]|
With regard to fundamentals although not concerning details
in principle, we agree
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