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Definition of essential:

  1. Belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  2. Containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  3. Hence, really existing; existent.
  4. Idiopathic; independent of other diseases.
  5. Important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  6. Necessary; indispensable; - said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.

Synonyms:

native, be, constitutive, staple, constituent, inborn, inwrought, basic, innate, primitive, substantive, inbred, inherent, inhering, integral, necessary, organic, inseparable, basal, biogenic, in essence, underlying, ingrained, of the essence, primary, natural, quintessential, requisite, vital, intrinsic, congenital, indwelling, substantial, must, surface, requirement, virtual, all-important, ultimate, internal, infixed, demand, subjective, constitutional, life-sustaining, no-frills, necessity, needful, immanent, meaty, important, crucial.

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