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Synonyms and Antonyms of essential

  1. 1 impossible to do without <a well-stocked public library is essential for the well-being of a community> Synonyms all-important, critical, imperative, indispensable, integral, must-have, necessary, necessitous, needed, needful, required, requisite, vital Related Words prerequisite; compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, obligatory; consequential, crucial, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, weighty; basic, central, fundamental, key, organic; insistent, persistent, pressing, urgent Phrases of the essence Near Antonyms undesired, unwanted; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; excess, external, extra, extraneous, superfluous, surplus Antonyms dispensable, inessential, needless, nonessential, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded

  2. 2 of or relating to the simplest facts or theories of a subject <anyone with an essential knowledge of human biology can follow the documentary> Synonyms abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, elemental, elementary, fundamental, introductory, meat-and-potatoes, rudimental, rudimentary, underlyingRelated Words primal, primary, prime, simple; crude, primeval, primitive, primordial, rude, uncomplicated; preliminary, preparatory; crucial, important, keyNear Antonyms complex, sophisticated; complicated, convoluted, detailed, elaborate, extensive, intricate; developed, evolved, high, higher, refinedAntonyms advanced

  3. 3 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing <an unquenchable belief in the essential goodness of most people> Synonyms built-in, constitutional, constitutive, inherent, hardwired, immanent, inborn, inbred, indigenous, ingrain, ingrained (also engrained), innate, integral, intrinsic, native, naturalRelated Words basic, deep-rooted, elemental, fundamental; congenital, hereditary, inherited, inmost, inner, interior; internal; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar; habitual, inveterate; normal, regular, typicalNear Antonyms alien, foreign; accidental, coincidental, incidental; acquired, adscititious; superficial, surface; exterior, externalAntonyms adventitious, extraneous, extrinsic



Synonyms and Antonyms of essential

  1. 1 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable <the essentials for success include a willingness to work and the right attitude> Synonyms condition, demand, must, must-have, necessary, necessity, need, needful, requirement, requisite, sine qua non Related Words precondition, prerequisite; advantage, edge, plus; desideration, desideratum, wish Near Antonyms amenity, comfort, extra, extravagance, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity, surplus, surplusage Antonyms nonessential, nonnecessity

  2. 2 essentials pl  general or basic truths on which other truths or theories can be based <this will be just an introduction to the essentials of computer programming> Synonyms ABC(s), alphabet, basics, elements, essentials, fundamentals, grammar, rudimentsRelated Words basis, bedrock, cornerstone, foundation, groundwork, keystone, underpinning; nitty-gritty; belief, canon, doctrine, dogma, faith, philosophy; axiom, law, precept, tenet; rule, standard; theoremNear Antonyms details, trivia

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