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essential

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of essential

  1. 1 impossible to do without a well-stocked public library is essential for the well-being of a community Synonyms all-important, critical, imperative, indispensable, integral, must-have, necessary, necessitous, needed, needful, required, requisite, vital Related Words prerequisite; compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, obligatory; consequential, crucial, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, weighty; basic, central, fundamental, key, organic; insistent, persistent, pressing, urgent Phrases of the essence Near Antonyms undesired, unwanted; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; excess, external, extra, extraneous, superfluous, surplus Antonyms dispensable, inessential, needless, nonessential, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded

  2. 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 Synonyms abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, elemental, elementary, fundamental, introductory, meat-and-potatoes, rudimental, rudimentary, underlyingRelated Words primal, primary, prime, simple; crude, primeval, primitive, primordial, rude, uncomplicated; preliminary, preparatory; crucial, important, keyNear Antonyms complex, sophisticated; complicated, convoluted, detailed, elaborate, extensive, intricate; developed, evolved, high, higher, refinedAntonyms advanced

  3. 3 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing an unquenchable belief in the essential goodness of most people Synonyms built-in, constitutional, constitutive, inherent, hardwired, immanent, inborn, inbred, indigenous, ingrain, ingrained (also engrained), innate, integral, intrinsic, native, naturalRelated Words basic, deep-rooted, elemental, fundamental; congenital, hereditary, inherited, inmost, inner, interior; internal; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar; habitual, inveterate; normal, regular, typicalNear Antonyms alien, foreign; accidental, coincidental, incidental; acquired, adscititious; superficial, surface; exterior, externalAntonyms adventitious, extraneous, extrinsic


essential

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of essential

  1. 1 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable the essentials for success include a willingness to work and the right attitude Synonyms condition, demand, must, must-have, necessary, necessity, need, needful, requirement, requisite, sine qua non Related Words precondition, prerequisite; advantage, edge, plus; desideration, desideratum, wish Near Antonyms amenity, comfort, extra, extravagance, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity, surplus, surplusage Antonyms nonessential, nonnecessity

  2. 2 essentials pl  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 Synonyms ABC(s), alphabet, basics, elements, essentials, fundamentals, grammar, rudimentsRelated Words basis, bedrock, cornerstone, foundation, groundwork, keystone, underpinning; nitty-gritty; belief, canon, doctrine, dogma, faith, philosophy; axiom, law, precept, tenet; rule, standard; theoremNear Antonyms details, trivia


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