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Definitions of essential:

  • noun:   anything indispensable
    Example: "The essentials of the good life"
  • adjective:   absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
    Example: "Essential tools and materials"
  • adjective:   being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc
    Example: "Essential oil"
  • adjective:   basic and fundamental
    Example: "The essential feature"
  • adjective:   absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
  • adjective:   applying to essential legal principles and rules of right
  • adjective:   of the greatest importance


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