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in essence

Definition of in essence

  1. :  at the most basic level <He was in essence an honest person.> <In essence, I believe that a real solution is not possible.>



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  1. :  the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being

    :  the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence

    :  the properties or attributes by means of which something can be placed in its proper class or identified as being what it is


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