English adjective: essential
|1.||essential absolutely necessary; vitally necessary|
|Samples||Essential tools and materials.|
Funds essential to the completion of the project.
An indispensable worker.
|2.||essential basic and fundamental|
|Samples||The essential feature.|
|Similar||basal, biogenic, constituent, constitutional, constitutive, life-sustaining, must, no-frills, organic, primary, staple, substantial, substantive, virtual, vital|
|See also||crucial, important, important, indispensable, intrinsic, intrinsical, necessary, of import, primary, unexpendable|
|3.||essential of the greatest importance|
|Samples||The all-important subject of disarmament.|
In chess cool nerves are of the essence.
|Synonyms||all important, all-important, crucial, of the essence|
|Similar||important, of import|
|4.||essential being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc|
|5.||essential defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established|
|Domain category||jurisprudence, law|
English noun: essential
|1.||essential (object) anything indispensable|
|Samples||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||necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite|
|Narrower (hyponym)||desideratum, must, need, want|