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

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physical strength or endurance is the essentiality that makes activity a sport and not just a game
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Best Cookbooks of 2019," 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, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 The store continues to hold events, but its essentiality as meeting place has diminished. Andy Bosselman, San Francisco Chronicle, "As SF Design Week looks to future, William Stout offers old-school design discovery: books," 12 June 2018 The book explored the essentiality of individualism, the stifling censorship to which Soviet intellectuals submitted themselves, and the euphoric liberation experienced by those who embraced nonconformity and its consequences. Douglas Murray, National Review, "The Russian Revolution, 100 Years On: Its Enduring Allure and Menace," 30 Oct. 2017 Which brings us back to Monsieur Bergé—to the essentiality of a designer living in his or her time, and creating clothes that reflect it. Alexander Fury, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Future of Fashion," 30 Oct. 2017

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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 21 Feb. 2020.

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