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Meaning of ESSENTIAL

Pronunciation:  u'senshul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything indispensable; "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"
  2. [adj]  (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law"
  3. [adj]  basic and fundamental; "the essential feature"
  4. [adj]  absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
  5. [adj]  of the greatest importance; "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"
  6. [adj]  absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker"
  7. [adj]  being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc; "essential oil"

ESSENTIAL is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: all important(p), all-important(a), basal, basic, biogenic, constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), in essence, life-sustaining, must(a), necessary, necessity, no-frills(a), of the essence(p), organic, primary, requirement, requisite, staple, substantial, substantive, virtual(a), vital
 Antonyms: adjective, inessential, inessential, nonessential, procedural, unessential
 See Also: crucial, desideratum, entity, important, indispensable, intrinsic, intrinsical, necessary, need, of import, physical thing, unexpendable, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Es*sen"tial\, a. [Cf. F. essentiel. See {Essence}.]
1. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object,
   or class of objects, what it is.

         Majestic as the voice sometimes became, there was
         forever in it an essential character of
         plaintiveness.                        --Hawthorne.

2. Hence, really existing; existent.

         Is it true, that thou art but a a name, And no
         essential thing?                      --Webster

3. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the
   attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.

         Judgment's more essential to a general Than courage.

         How to live? -- that is the essential question for
         us.                                   --H. Spencer.

4. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a
   substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence,
   unmixed; as, an essential oil. ``Mine own essential
   horror.'' --Ford.

5. (Mus.) Necessary; indispensable; -- said of those tones
   which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental
   or passing tones.

6. (Med.) Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.

{Essential character} (Biol.), the prominent characteristics
   which serve to distinguish one genus, species, etc., from

{Essential disease}, {Essential fever} (Med.), one that is
   not dependent on another.

{Essential oils} (Chem.), a class of volatile oils, extracted
   from plants, fruits, or flowers, having each its
   characteristic odor, and hot burning taste. They are used
   in essences, perfumery, etc., and include many varieties
   of compounds; as {lemon oil} is a terpene, {oil of bitter
   almonds} an aldehyde, {oil of wintergreen} an ethereal
   salt, etc.; -- called also {volatile oils} in distinction
   from the fixed or nonvolatile.

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