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Definition 1: anything indispensable - [noun denoting object]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for essential in the sense of this definition

(essential is a kind of ...) a separate and self-contained entity

(... is a kind of essential ) something desired as a necessity

"the desiderata for a vacation are time and money"

(... is a kind of essential ) a necessary or essential thing

"seat belts are an absolute must"

(... is a kind of essential ) anything that is necessary but lacking

"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs" "I tried to supply his wants"

Definition 2: basic and fundamental - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the essential feature

(essential is similar to ...) existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact

"a virtual dependence on charity" "a virtual revolution" "virtual reality"

(essential is similar to ...) performing an essential function in the living body

"vital organs" "blood and other vital fluids" "the loss of vital heat in shock" "a vital spot" "life-giving love and praise"

(essential is similar to ...) of or relating to the real nature or essential elements of something

"a substantial argument"

(essential is similar to ...) necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities

"wheat is a staple crop"

(essential is similar to ...) characterized by the absence of inessential features

"he got a no-frills introduction to the job"

(essential is similar to ...) highly recommended

"a book that is must reading"

(essential is similar to ...) constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

(essential is similar to ...) essential for maintaining the fundamental life processes

"sleep and food and water are among the biogenic needs of the organism"

(means also ...) belonging to a thing by its very nature

"form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"

(means also ...) absolutely essential

(means also ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

(means also ...) not suitable to be expended

(means also ...) not to be dispensed with; essential

"foods indispensable to good nutrition"

(means also ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

(means also ...) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"

(... are attributes of essential) basic importance

Definition 3: defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • substantive law

Synonyms for essential in the sense of this definition

(essential belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • essential oil

Definition 5: of the greatest importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for essential in the sense of this definition

(essential is similar to ...) of great significance or value

"important people" "the important questions of the day"

Definition 6: absolutely necessary; vitally necessary - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where essential or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for essential in the sense of this definition

(essential is similar to ...) absolutely essential

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