- absolutely necessary; indispensable: Discipline is essential in an army.
- pertaining to or constituting the essence of a thing.
- noting or containing an essence of a plant, drug, etc.
- being such by its very nature or in the highest sense; natural; spontaneous: essential happiness.
- (of a singularity of a function of a complex variable) noting that the Laurent series at the point has an infinite number of terms with negative powers.
- (of a discontinuity) noting that the function is discontinuous and has no limit at the point.Compare removable(def 2).
- a basic, indispensable, or necessary element; chief point: Concentrate on essentials rather than details.
Origin of essential
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Examples from the Web for essentially
Eating disorders, researchers believed, were essentially more severe forms of disordered eating.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Over the years, the meaning has evolved, essentially, to “Christmastime,” and describes the period between Dec. 24 and Jan. 6.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
His section on why he and his wife split—he essentially chose soccer over her—would be risky if its candor were not so refreshing.
There is a brutally honest section of the book about how you fell out of love with your wife, and essentially chose soccer.
Essentially teachers,--I might add, they were publicists as well as professors.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
So the grocery was essentially a village club, and not a rural club.In the Midst of Alarms
The first point to be noted is its essentially democratic spirit.In the Heart of Vosges
Taking the Trilogy as a whole, one will find that it is essentially symbolical.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Broiling is the simplest of all forms of cooking, and is essentially English.Culture and Cooking
- in a fundamental or basic way; in essence
- vitally important; absolutely necessary
- basic; fundamentalthe essential feature
- completely realized; absolute; perfectessential beauty
- biochem (of an amino acid or a fatty acid) necessary for the normal growth of an organism but not synthesized by the organism and therefore required in the diet
- derived from or relating to an extract of a plant, drug, etcan essential oil
- logic (of a property) guaranteed by the identity of the subject; necessary. Thus, if having the atomic number 79 is an essential property of gold, nothing can be gold unless it has that atomic number
- music denoting or relating to a note that belongs to the fundamental harmony of a chord or piece
- pathol (of a disease) having no obvious external causeessential hypertension
- geology (of a mineral constituent of a rock) necessary for defining the classification of a rock. Its absence alters the rock's name and classification
- something fundamental or indispensablea sharp eye is an essential for a printer
- music an essential note
Word Origin and History for essentially
mid-14c., "that is such by its essence," from Late Latin essentialis, from essentia (see essence). Meaning "pertaining to essence" is from late 14c., that of "constituting the essence of something" is from 1540s; that of "necessary" is from 1520s. Essentials "indispensable elements" is from early 16c. Related: Essentially.
- Constituting or being part of the essence of something; inherent.
- Basic or indispensable; necessary.
- Of, relating to, or being a dysfunctional condition or a disease whose cause is unknown.
- Of, relating to, or being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet.
- Something fundamental.
- Something necessary or indispensable.