Definition and Meanings for essential

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Essential is ranked 12,173 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of essential

adjective, noun

Etymology of essential

cf. f. essentiel. see essence

Meaning of essential


as adjective

  • belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is.
  • hence, really existing; existent.
  • important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary.
  • containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil.
  • necessary; indispensable; -- said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones.
  • idiopathic; independent of other diseases.

as noun

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