essential

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin essentialis, from Latin essentia (being, essence).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈsɛn.ʃəl/
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  • Hyphenation: es‧sen‧tial

Adjective[edit]

essential (comparative more essential, superlative most essential)

  1. Necessary.
  2. Very important; of high importance.
    • 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19: 
      In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. The welfare state is dismantled. Essential public services are cut so that the rich may pay less tax. […]
  3. Being in the basic form; showing its essence.
    Don’t mind him being grumpy. That’s the essential Fred.
  4. Really existing; existent.
    • Webster (1623)
      Is it true, that thou art but a name, / And no essential thing?
  5. (of a lamination of a 3-manifold) 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.
  6. (medicine) Idiopathic.

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Noun[edit]

essential (plural essentials)

  1. A necessary ingredient.
  2. A fundamental ingredient.

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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

essentiāl n (genitive essentiālis); third declension

  1. essentials (essential qualities)

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Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative essentiāl essentiāla
genitive essentiālis essentiālum
dative essentiālī essentiālibus
accusative essentiāl essentiāla
ablative essentiāle essentiālibus
vocative essentiāl essentiāla