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essentially

adverb

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as in basically, fundamentally

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The first known use of essentially was in 1774

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essentializing

essentially

essentialness

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“Essentially.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/essentially. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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