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The Definition of - essential (noun)

    absolutely necessary; indispensable:
    Discipline is essential in an army.
    pertaining to or constituting the essence of a thing.
    noting or containing an essence of a plant, drug, etc.
    being such by its very nature or in the highest sense; natural; spontaneous:
    essential happiness.
    1. (of a singularity of a function of a complex variable) noting that the Laurent series at the point has an infinite number of terms with negative powers.
    2. (of a discontinuity) noting that the function is discontinuous and has no limit at the point.
      Compare removable (def 2).
    a basic, indispensable, or necessary element; chief point:
    Concentrate on essentials rather than details.

Word Example of - essential

    Example Sentences for essential

    Comparison was considered an essential property of a perfect device.

    They are contagious, not as cholera is contagious, but contact with others is essential to them.

    The machine must be immensely strong, and yet it is essential that it should be light.

    A man and a woman are essential to the execution of the panel game.

    But, functionally, the essential thing about this value is its dynamic character.

    But he hesitated to affirm any essential inferiority in the negro race.

    This religiosity, of Christian form, was essential to George Sand.

    Other things are essential if we are to live comfortably and honorably.

    Even of that portion of it we have been able here to give only an outline of the essential facts.

    The essential unity of the Kingdom was secured, as we have seen above.

Word Origin & History of - essential

    Word Origin & History

    essential mid-14c., "that is such by its essence," from L.L. essentialis, from essentia (see essence). Meaning "pertaining to essence" is from late 14c., that of "constituting the essence of something" is from 1540s; that of "necessary" is from 1520s. Essentials "indispensible elements" is from early 16c. Related: Essentially; essentialism (1939); essentialist..

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