essential

Essential means very basic or necessary. A good frying pan is one of a short list of kitchen essentials every cook must have. To prevent fires, it's essential to turn off appliances before leaving the house.

The adjective essential is often followed by to or that: It is essential to wash your hands. It is essential that you dry them after. This adjective is from Middle English essencial, from Late Latin essentialis, from Latin essentia "the basic nature of a thing, its essence" plus the Latin suffix -alis "relating to."

Primary Meanings of essential

1.
adjn
basic and fundamental
anything indispensable
2.
adj
being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc
3.
adj
defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
Full Definitions of essential
1

adj basic and fundamental

“the essential feature”
Synonyms:
crucial, important
of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
basal, primary
of primary importance
biogenic
essential for maintaining the fundamental life processes
constituent, constitutional, constitutive, organic
constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
must
highly recommended
no-frills
characterized by the absence of inessential features
staple
necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities
substantial, substantive
having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
virtual
existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact
life-sustaining, vital
performing an essential function in the living body
indispensable
not to be dispensed with; essential
unexpendable
not suitable to be expended
important, of import
of great significance or value
intrinsic, intrinsical
belonging to a thing by its very nature
necessary
absolutely essential
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
Antonyms:
inessential, unessential
not basic or fundamental
accessorial
nonessential but helpful
adscititious
supplemental; not part of the real or essential nature of a thing
incidental, nonessential
not of prime or central importance
dispensable
capable of being dispensed with or done without
expendable
suitable to be expended
unimportant
not important
extrinsic
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
unnecessary, unneeded
not necessary
secondary
being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
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adj absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

essential tools and materials”
“funds essential to the completion of the project”
Synonyms:
indispensable
necessary
absolutely essential

adj of the greatest importance

Synonyms:
all important, all-important, crucial, of the essence
important, of import
of great significance or value

n anything indispensable

“the essentials of the good life”
Synonyms:
necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite
Antonyms:
inessential, nonessential
anything that is not essential
Types:
desideratum
something desired as a necessity
must
a necessary or essential thing
need, want
anything that is necessary but lacking
Type of:
thing
a separate and self-contained entity
2

adj being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc

essential oil”
3

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

Synonyms:
substantive
Antonyms:
adjective, procedural
relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law

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