Definitions for essential

Definitions for (noun) essential

Main entry: necessary, necessity, essential, requirement, requisite

Definition: anything indispensable

Usage: 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

Definitions for (adj) essential

Main entry: substantive, essential

Definition: defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

Usage: substantive law

Main entry: essential

Definition: basic and fundamental

Usage: the essential feature

Main entry: of the essence, essential, crucial, all important, all-important

Definition: of the greatest importance

Usage: the all-important subject of disarmament; crucial information; in chess cool nerves are of the essence

Main entry: indispensable, essential

Definition: absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

Usage: essential tools and materials; funds essential to the completion of the project; an indispensable worker

Main entry: essential

Definition: being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc

Usage: essential oil

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