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essential

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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

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3 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • an unquenchable belief in the essential goodness of most people

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essential

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1 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable
  • the essentials for success include a willingness to work and the right attitude

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2 essentials plural 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

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essential, fundamental, vital, cardinal mean so important as to be indispensable. essential implies belonging to the very nature of a thing and therefore being incapable of removal without destroying the thing itself or its character. conflict is essential in drama fundamental applies to something that is a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse. fundamental principles of algebra vital suggests something that is necessary to a thing's continued existence or operation. cut off from vital supplies cardinal suggests something on which an outcome turns or depends. a cardinal rule in buying a home

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The first known use of essential was in the 14th century

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“Essential.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/essential. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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