What does essential mean?

Definitions for essentialəˈsɛn ʃəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word essential.

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"

  2. essential, indispensable(adj)

    absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

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

  3. essential(adj)

    basic and fundamental

    "the essential feature"

  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"

  5. essential(adj)

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

    "essential oil"

  6. substantive, essential(adj)

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

    "substantive law"

Wiktionary

  1. essential(Noun)

    A necessary ingredient.

  2. essential(Noun)

    A fundamental ingredient.

  3. essential(Adjective)

    Idiopathic.

  4. essential(Adjective)

    Necessary.

  5. essential(Adjective)

    Very important; of high importance.

  6. essential(Adjective)

    Being in the basic form; showing its essence.

    Donu2019t mind him being grumpy. Thatu2019s the essential Fred.

  7. essential(Adjective)

    Such that each complementary region is irreducible, the boundary of each complementary region is incompressible by disks and monogons in the complementary region, and no leaf is a sphere or a torus bounding a solid torus in the manifold.

  8. Origin: From essentialis, from essentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Essential(adj)

    belonging to the essence, or that which makes an object, or class of objects, what it is

  2. Essential(adj)

    hence, really existing; existent

  3. Essential(adj)

    important in the highest degree; indispensable to the attainment of an object; indispensably necessary

  4. Essential(adj)

    containing the essence or characteristic portion of a substance, as of a plant; highly rectified; pure; hence, unmixed; as, an essential oil

  5. Essential(adj)

    necessary; indispensable; -- said of those tones which constitute a chord, in distinction from ornamental or passing tones

  6. Essential(adj)

    idiopathic; independent of other diseases

  7. Origin: [Cf. F. essentiel. See Essence.]

Freebase

  1. Essential

    Essential is a 1991 collection of hits by The Divinyls.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essential' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1147

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essential' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2350

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essential' in Adjectives Frequency: #142

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of essential in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of essential in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Patrick Leahy:

    We have wide bipartisan agreement in both the Senate and the House that bulk phone records collection is not essential.

  2. W. T. Ussery:

    Numbers are essential, but not absolutely essential to strength. For many churches are numerically strong but lamentably weak spiritually. Numbers, then, are no display of spiritual power or strength.

  3. Mario Draghi:

    Lack of structural reforms raises the specter of permanent economic divergence between members, and insofar as this threatens the essential cohesion of the Union, this has potentially damaging consequences for all.

  4. Richard Pazdur:

    The key issue is whether the biomarker is essential for safe and effective use of the drug, if not, then it is probably not going to be an essential element in the indications for the drug. But it would be useful information.

  5. Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell:

    If the Chinese consumer is pulling back on spending then it seems to be either at the very high luxury end or maybe on some of the everyday non-essential items, i think the smartphone is increasingly viewed as an essential in Greater China. So, I don't see the economy weighing significantly on Apple growth over the next few quarters.

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Translations for essential

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أساسيArabic
  • основен, необходим, важен, същественBulgarian
  • essencialCatalan, Valencian
  • esence, nepostradatelný, nezbytnost, nevyhnutelný, nejpodstatnější, jádro, esenciální, nezbytný, zásadní, podstata, nejdůležitější, hlavníCzech
  • essenziell, wesentlich, unentbehrlich, notwendigGerman
  • ουσιαστικός, ουσιώδης, στοιχειώδηςGreek
  • 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
  • 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
  • Urdu
  • יקערדיקYiddish
  • 必要Chinese

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