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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basically, fundamentally, essentiallyadverb

    in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature

    "He is basically dishonest"; "the argument was essentially a technical one"; "for all his bluster he is in essence a shy person"


  1. essentiallyadverb

    in an essential manner; in essence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Essentiallyadverb

    By the constitution of nature.

    Etymology: essentialiter, Latin.

    He that loves himself,
    Hath not essentially, but by circumstance,
    The name of valour. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    Body and spirit are essentially divided, though not locally distant. Joseph Glanvill.

    All sin essentially is, and must be, mortal. Robert South, Sermons.

    Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. Joseph Addison, Guardian.


  1. Essentially

    Essence (Latin: essentia) is a polysemic term, that is, it may have significantly different meanings and uses. It is used in philosophy and theology as a designation for the property or set of properties or attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property or attribute the entity or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates rigorously with Aristotle (although it can also be found in Plato), who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai (τὸ τί ἦν εἶναι, literally meaning "the what it was to be" and corresponding to the scholastic term quiddity) or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti (τὸ τί ἐστι, literally meaning "the what it is" and corresponding to the scholastic term (haecceity(thisness) for the same idea. This phrase presented such difficulties for its Latin translators that they coined the word essentia (English "essence") to represent the whole expression. For Aristotle and his scholastic followers, the notion of essence is closely linked to that of definition (ὁρισμός horismos). In the history of Western philosophy, essence has often served as a vehicle for doctrines that tend to individuate different forms of existence as well as different identity conditions for objects and properties; in this logical meaning, the concept has given a strong theoretical and common-sense basis to the whole family of logical theories based on the "possible worlds" analogy set up by Leibniz and developed in the intensional logic from Carnap to Kripke, which was later challenged by "extensionalist" philosophers such as Quine.


  1. essentially

    Essentially refers to the basic, fundamental, inherent or intrinsic nature of something. It is used to highlight the most necessary or important aspects or characteristics of something or someone, or to signify the core reality or truth of a situation. It can also mean fundamentally, primarily or most importantly.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essentially' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2893

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essentially' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2213

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'essentially' in Adverbs Frequency: #221

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of essentially in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of essentially in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of essentially in a Sentence

  1. Daryl Hall:

    We’ve never really stop touring, we’ve been on tour essentially since 1972. We took a few years off in the early 90's, but even then we played shows. So, it’s just something we do – it’s a lifestyle.

  2. Sophal Ear:

    A culture of dialogue is breaking down and giving way to a culture of threats and impunity, you can see the strategy already ... and what you have is essentially the threat of imprisonment in order to control people better.

  3. Geraldo Rivera:

    All you can do with this defund the police nonsense is ignore the fact that you are essentially assigning a third-world existence to a huge segment of the population all in the name of anti-racism.

  4. Attorney General Barr:

    In the meantime, with the incident with George Floyd, and the attacks on the police, and the demonization of the police, and discussions of defunding, we saw sharp increases( in) a number of cities, including Chicago, and so at that point, we essentially rebooted the idea of targeting various cities and targeting the increases in violent crime and sort of tailored it to the phenomenon we were seeing in the wake of the defund the police effort.

  5. Piet Mondrian:

    The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.

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