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Synonyms for essential
əˈsɛn ʃəles·sen·tial

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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 2 votes

  1. essential

    Inherent signifies permanently united as an element or original quality, naturally existent or incorporated in something so as to have become an integral part. Immanent is a philosophic word, to denote that which dwells in or pervades any substance or spirit without necessarily being a part of it, and without reference to any working out (compare SUBJECTIVE). That which is inherent is an inseparable part of that in which it inheres, and is usually thought of with reference to some outworking or effect; as, an inherent difficulty. God is said to be immanent (not inherent) in the universe. Frequently intrinsic and inherent can be interchanged, but inherent applies to qualities, while intrinsic applies to essence, so that to speak of intrinsic excellence conveys higher praise than if we say inherent excellence. Inherent and intrinsic may be said of persons or things; congenital, inborn, inbred, innate, apply to living beings. Congenital is frequent in medical and legal use with special application to defects; as, congenital idiocy. Innate and inborn are almost identical, but innate is preferred in philosophic use, as when we speak of innate ideas; that which is inborn, congenital, or innate may be original with the individual, but that which is inbred is inherited. Ingrained signifies dyed in the grain, and denotes that which is deeply wrought into substance or character.

    Synonyms:
    congenital, immanent, inborn, inbred, indispensable, indwelling, infixed, ingrained, inherent, inhering, innate, inseparable, internal, intrinsic, inwrought, native, natural, subjective

    Antonyms:
    accidental, casual, external, extrinsic, fortuitous, incidental, outward, subsidiary, superadded, superficial, superfluous, superimposed, supplemental, transient, unconnected

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 4 votes

  1. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessaryadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    demand, requirement, requisite, necessary, necessity, prerequisite

    Antonyms:
    inessential, nonessential, unneeded, unimportant, incidental, adscititious, unnecessary, unessential, accessorial

  2. essential, indispensableadjective

    absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

    "essential tools and materials"; "funds essential to the completion of the project"; "an indispensable worker"

    Synonyms:
    all important(p), indispensable, of the essence(p), crucial, substantive, all-important(a)

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, inessential, unneeded, unessential, adscititious, unimportant, accessorial, unnecessary, incidental

  3. essentialadjective

    basic and fundamental

    "the essential feature"

    Synonyms:
    all important(p), indispensable, of the essence(p), crucial, substantive, all-important(a)

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, inessential, unimportant, unnecessary, unessential, accessorial, adscititious, incidental, unneeded

  4. all-important(a), all important(p), crucial, essential, of the essence(p)adjective

    of the greatest importance

    "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, inessential, incidental, adscititious, accessorial, unneeded, unimportant, unessential, unnecessary

  5. essentialadjective

    being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc

    "essential oil"

    Synonyms:
    all important(p), indispensable, of the essence(p), crucial, substantive, all-important(a)

    Antonyms:
    inessential, nonessential, unneeded, incidental, unessential, unimportant, accessorial, unnecessary, adscititious

  6. substantive, essentialadjective

    defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

    "substantive law"

    Synonyms:
    substantial, all important(p), all-important(a), indispensable, substantive, meaty, crucial, of the essence(p)

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, inessential, adscititious, unessential, incidental, accessorial, unimportant, unnecessary, unneeded

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Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. gatekeeper

    essential because they are the ones with the heart chosen to stand

    to go or stand when no one else can

    Submitted by Rachellewatson60 on April 8, 2020  
  2. key partadverb

    Submitted by jndiwehfyusn on September 20, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. essentialadjective

    Synonyms:
    vital, necessary, requisite, indispensable, highly important

  2. essentialadjective

    Synonyms:
    volatile, pure, highly rectified

  3. essentialadjective

    Synonyms:
    (Med.) idiopathic, not symptomatic

  4. essentialnoun

    Synonyms:
    nature, first principle

  5. essentialnoun

    Synonyms:
    chief point, most important part

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. essentialadjective

    Synonyms:
    indispensable, necessary, requisite

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, superfluous

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How to use essential in a sentence?

  1. William Stolz:

    It seems like what they're trying to say is if this warehouse is dangerous, it's dangerous because of the workers -- not because we have hundreds of workers coming in, touching surfaces or because we are bringing on hundreds of new hires and continuing to ship non-essential stuff, at the same time, they've used some of their policies, and the ways they've applied them, to target certain people who have been involved in organizing or people who have had more disagreements with management.

  2. Richard Shannon:

    We're an essential service, people need to continue eating.

  3. Joe Biden:

    It's long overdue for Senate Republicans to come to the table, provide a pathway for citizenship for Dreamers, those in temporary status, farm workers and essential workers. We need to modernize our laws so businesses get workers they need and families don't have to wait decades to be brought back together.

  4. Diane Foley:

    This accountability is essential for anyone who kidnaps or unjustly detains Americans abroad, if our country ever wishes to deter hostage-taking.

  5. Dan Radcliffe:

    You can really tell how much he loved the competition and the game of it, you would see him get slightly, not annoyed but like, when someone didnt clear a board or theres still a few questions left or when no one really would up with much money because no one had done really well, he would just say, Okay well well come back for Double Jeopardy after the break and Im sure well all do better then. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP You could tell he loved seeing people who are really smart do well and that is the essential joy of a quiz show.


Translations for essential

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  • أساسيArabic
  • съществен, основен, необходим, важенBulgarian
  • essencialCatalan, Valencian
  • nezbytný, nevyhnutelný, nejpodstatnější, jádro, nezbytnost, esenciální, nepostradatelný, zásadní, podstata, esence, nejdůležitější, hlavníCzech
  • vigtigDanish
  • essenziell, notwendig, wesentlich, unentbehrlichGerman
  • στοιχειώδης, ουσιαστικός, ουσιώδηςGreek
  • esencaEsperanto
  • esencialSpanish
  • vajalik, olulineEstonian
  • tärkeä, olennainen, normaali, perusluonteinen, oleellinen, elintärkeä, välttämätön, tarpeellinenFinnish
  • essentiel, fondamental, indispensableFrench
  • deatamach, riatanachScottish Gaelic
  • pentingIndonesian
  • essenzialeItalian
  • חִיוּנִיHebrew
  • 肝要, 肝心, 不可欠Japanese
  • 본질적인Korean
  • essentialisLatin
  • essenzjaliMaltese
  • essensiellNorwegian
  • noodzakelijk, essentieel, belangrijk, onontbeerlijk, wezenlijk, echt, nodigDutch
  • essensiellNorwegian Nynorsk
  • viktigNorwegian
  • zasadniczy, niezbędny, podstawowyPolish
  • fundamental, essencialPortuguese
  • fundamental, esențială, importantă, esențial, de bază, important, necesarRomanian
  • базовый, фундаментальный, необходимый, существенный, важный, основнойRussian
  • bistven, nujenSlovene
  • essentiell, väsentligSwedish
  • அத்தியாவசியTamil
  • ముఖ్యమైనTelugu
  • สำคัญThai
  • істотнеUkrainian
  • יקערדיקYiddish
  • 必要Chinese

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