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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quintessentialadjective

    representing the perfect example of a class or quality


  1. quintessentialadjective

    Of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses); ultimate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quintessentialadjective

    Consisting of quintessence.

    Etymology: from quintessence.

    Venturous assertions as would have puzzled the authors to have made them good, specially considering that there is nothing contrary to the quintessential matter and circular figure of the heavens; so neither is there to the light thereof. George Hakewill.


  1. quintessential

    Quintessential refers to the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. It represents the pure and concentrated essence of something or someone. It also implies something that is the most typical example or representative of a particular type.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quintessentialadjective

    of the nature of a quintessence; purest

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessential in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessential in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of quintessential in a Sentence

  1. Alliance Defending Freedom:

    The government should never force creative professionals to promote a message or cause with which they disagree. That is quintessential free speech and artistic freedom.

  2. Michelle Vo:

    I get that the old design is cool. It's kind of quintessential 1980s, and it's like an old friend we don't want to leave behind, but it's OK to have a new friend, too.

  3. Reilly Flaherty:

    I think what people are finding that this is a pretty humorous, quintessential New York story of this person who goes 50% with trying to have a nice deed but ends up coming off with an asterisk at the end.

  4. Rick Meckler:

    It was at one time perhaps one of the quintessential U.S. companies, and like others that have been taken out of the Dow, it's a reflection that they're no longer seen in that light.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Ohio Gov. John Kasichplans to launch his presidential bid on July 21in Columbus, hoping his strength in the quintessential swing state will help him win over Republican voters who aim to take back the White House in 2016. Kasich will share his presidential intentions at his alma mater, Ohio State University, said Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the governor's 2016 effort.

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