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Essential meaning

essential - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  2. 2. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  3. 3. Hence, really existing; existent.
  4. 4. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  5. 5. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  6. 6. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
  7. 7. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
  8. 8. Anything essential.
  9. 9. Necessary to existence; indispensable; containing the essence; volatile and odorous, as oil.

essential - examples of usage

  1. And this essential thing? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Another condition quite as essential is moonlight. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. This is true in a sense, but not the essential truth. - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
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