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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Essential  \Es*sen"tial\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  essentiel.  See  {Essence}.] 
  1.  Belonging  to  the  essence,  or  that  which  makes  an  object, 
  or  class  of  objects,  what  it  is 
 
  Majestic  as  the  voice  sometimes  became,  there  was 
  forever  in  it  an  essential  character  of 
  plaintiveness.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  2.  Hence  really  existing;  existent. 
 
  Is  it  true,  that  thou  art  but  a  a  name  And  no 
  essential  thing?  --Webster 
  (1623). 
 
  3.  Important  in  the  highest  degree;  indispensable  to  the 
  attainment  of  an  object;  indispensably  necessary. 
 
  Judgment's  more  essential  to  a  general  Than  courage. 
  --Denham. 
 
  How  to  live?  --  that  is  the  essential  question  for 
  us  --H.  Spencer. 
 
  4.  Containing  the  essence  or  characteristic  portion  of  a 
  substance,  as  of  a  plant;  highly  rectified;  pure;  hence 
  unmixed;  as  an  essential  oil.  ``Mine  own  essential 
  horror.''  --Ford. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  essential 
  adj  1:  absolutely  necessary;  vitally  necessary;  "essential  tools 
  and  materials";  "funds  essential  to  the  completion  of 
  the  project";  "an  indispensable  worker"  [syn:  {indispensable}] 
  2:  basic  and  fundamental;  "the  essential  feature"  [ant:  {inessential}] 
  3:  of  the  greatest  importance;  "the  all-important  subject  of 
  disarmament";  "crucial  information";  "in  chess  cool  nerves 
  are  of  the  essence"  [syn:  {all-important(a)},  {all 
  important(p)},  {crucial},  {of  the  essence(p)}] 
  4:  being  or  relating  to  or  containing  the  essence  of  a  plant 
  etc  "essential  oil" 
  5:  (law)  applying  to  essential  legal  principles  and  rules  of 
  right  "substantive  law"  [syn:  {substantive}]  [ant:  {adjective}] 
  6:  absolutely  required  and  not  to  be  used  up  or  sacrificed 
  n  :  anything  indispensable;  "food  and  shelter  are  necessities  of 
  life";  "the  essentials  of  the  good  life";  "allow  farmers 
  to  buy  their  requirements  under  favorable  conditions";  "a 
  place  where  the  requisites  of  water  fuel  and  fodder  can 
  be  obtained"  [syn:  {necessity},  {requirement},  {requisite}, 
  {necessary}]  [ant:  {inessential}] 




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