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essential

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1 impossible to do without
  • A well-stocked public library is essential for the well-being of a community.
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of the essence

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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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in one's blood

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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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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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