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Synonyms for essential
əˈsɛn ʃəles·sen·tial

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 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  
  2. key partadverb

    Submitted by jndiwehfyusn on September 20, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  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 Words

  1. essentialadjective

    Synonyms:
    indispensable, necessary, requisite

    Antonyms:
    nonessential, superfluous

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How to use essential in a sentence?

  1. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    True love is a lifeline i.e. it is something essential for continued existence of the humanity. Yes! without true love the world can never and will never know or have peace at all. Besides that, without true love there can't be and there won't be any lasting marriage or any other relationship right here or out there. In other words, true love is absolutely essential just like money, food, water, shelter and clothing. Thus, you've got to showcase or portray true love to all and sundry wherever you find yourself, in order to make the world a better place. ~Emeasoba George.

  2. Dolce Gabbana:

    We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgment on other people's choices. We believe in freedom and love.

  3. James Madison, Federalist 10:

    Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.

  4. Devender Singh:

    In these times, we are also fulfilling an essential service just like doctors, nurses and police.

  5. Hugh Hefner:

    I am deeply concerned about my community and our government and believe that right now it's essential for new individuals to step forward and propose new ideas. I would not be on this road if I did not feel strongly that there was an opportunity to win and as a result, make a difference.


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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