es·​sen·​ti·​al·​i·​ty i-ˌsen(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce essentiality (audio)
plural essentialities
: essential nature : essence
: an essential quality, property, or aspect
: the quality or state of being essential
the essentiality of freedom and justiceP. G. Hoffman

Examples of essentiality in a Sentence

physical strength or endurance is the essentiality that makes activity a sport and not just a game
Recent Examples on the Web Paul Johnson’s sweeping yet granular historical account of modernity’s emergence reinforces the role and essentiality of the individual, for good and for evil. Jack Butler, National Review, 3 Sep. 2023 Family’s essence of essentiality. Denis Villeneuve, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Dec. 2021 Password managers, despite their essentiality to internet life, are unremarkable. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 For all that representation of his genre exploration, the bulk of the two hours goes, not unreasonably, to stars treating his singer-songwriter essentiality in a singer-songwriter fashion. Chris Willman, Variety, 21 Dec. 2022 Then there are the blockchain companies preaching the essentiality of their own coins to their own cyberspaces. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 Key factors in prioritizing the pecking order of expenses are productivity, essentiality, frequency, timing and amount. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 At a more comprehensive level, however, the acknowledgment of the essentiality of water is not restricted to a performance or a rebuttal to stereotypes associated with Black and other nonwhite communities. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 Carbon monoxide poisonings from small generators provide a vivid example of the essentiality of electricity to our lives. Robert Bryce, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of essentiality was in 1616

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“Essentiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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