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Synonyms for essential
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary(adj)

    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, indispensable(adj)

    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. essential(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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. essential(adj)

    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, essential(adj)

    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

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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

Editors Contribution

  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  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. essential(a.)

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

  2. essential(a.)

    Synonyms:
    volatile, pure, highly rectified

  3. essential(a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Med.) idiopathic, not symptomatic

  4. essential(n.)

    Synonyms:
    nature, first principle

  5. essential(n.)

    Synonyms:
    chief point, most important part

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. essential(a)

    Synonyms:
    indispensable, necessary, requisite

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, superfluous

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How to use essential in a sentence?

  1. Garrett Moran:

    If we are going to bend the cost curve, the integration of behavioral healthcare and physical healthcare is essential.

  2. Maja Kocijancic:

    Media criticism is essential to ensure the proper accountability of elected governments.

  3. American Medical Association:

    It is essential that athletes know how crucial it is to notify their coach, trainer, physician or parent if they’ve sustained any type of head injury because even mild cases of traumatic brain injury may have serious and prolonged consequences.

  4. John McCain:

    Providing defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine is not inconsistent with the search for a political solution, it is an essential component to achieving it, nothing about this deal has changed that.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    Andrea Leadsom offers the zap, the drive, and the determination essential for the next leader of this country, she has specialized in the EU question ... and will be therefore well-placed to help forge a great post-Brexit future for Britain and Europe.

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Translations for essential

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  • أساسيArabic
  • основен, необходим, важен, същественBulgarian
  • essencialCatalan, Valencian
  • esence, nepostradatelný, nezbytnost, nevyhnutelný, nejpodstatnější, jádro, esenciální, nezbytný, zásadní, podstata, nejdůležitější, hlavníCzech
  • vigtigDanish
  • essenziell, wesentlich, unentbehrlich, notwendigGerman
  • ουσιαστικός, ουσιώδης, στοιχειώδηςGreek
  • esencaEsperanto
  • esencialSpanish
  • oluline, vajalikEstonian
  • tärkeä, tarpeellinen, välttämätön, elintärkeä, perusluonteinen, normaali, olennainen, oleellinenFinnish
  • essentiel, fondamental, indispensableFrench
  • deatamach, riatanachScottish Gaelic
  • pentingIndonesian
  • essenzialeItalian
  • 肝心, 不可欠, 肝要Japanese
  • 본질적인Korean
  • essentialisLatin
  • essenzjaliMaltese
  • essensiellNorwegian
  • onontbeerlijk, nodig, essentieel, wezenlijk, belangrijk, echt, noodzakelijkDutch
  • essensiellNorwegian Nynorsk
  • viktigNorwegian
  • niezbędny, zasadniczy, podstawowyPolish
  • essencial, fundamentalPortuguese
  • esențial, important, de bază, necesar, importantă, esențială, fundamentalRomanian
  • необходимый, основной, важный, существенный, базовый, фундаментальныйRussian
  • nujen, bistvenSlovene
  • essentiell, väsentligSwedish
  • அத்தியாவசியTamil
  • ముఖ్యమైనTelugu
  • สำคัญThai
  • істотнеUkrainian
  • יקערדיקYiddish
  • 必要Chinese

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