es·​sen·​ti·​al·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌsen(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce essentiality (audio) \
plural essentialities

Definition of essentiality

1a : essential nature : essence
b : an essential quality, property, or aspect
2 : the quality or state of being essential the essentiality of freedom and justice— P. 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 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 The year 2020 certainly cemented the role and essentiality of digital business. Marcelo Gracietti, Forbes, 18 June 2021 As the waiting list shifts from the obvious to subsequent tiers of essentiality, where do athletes fit in? Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020 Despite their deep roots, the recipes—even the oldest ones—feel fresh and modern, a testament to the essentiality of African-American gastronomy to all of American cuisine. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 This cult of whiteness, its essentiality and omnipotence, is the straw that stirs and spreads the nationalist pixie dust. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of essentiality

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Essentiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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