essentially

adverb es·sen·tial·ly \ i-ˈsench-lē , -ˈsen(t)-shə- \

Definition of essentially

: in essence : fundamentally used to identify or stress the basic or essential character or nature of a person or thing or to say that a description is basically true or accurate
  • He's essentially a good man.
  • … painting, essentially a two-dimensional art …
  • —Herbert Read
  • The fact that so many bloggers are essentially anonymous allows them to spew rancor, rumor, lies, and obscenities.
  • —Gil Troy
  • Aphids feed on the sugary phloem of plants. Essentially they steal the product of photosynthesis.
  • —Caleb Rounds

First Known Use of essentially

1774

in the meaning defined above

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